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No Effect of Featural Attention on Body Size Aftereffects


Stephen, ID and Bickersteth, C and Mond, J and Stevenson, RJ and Brooks, KR, No Effect of Featural Attention on Body Size Aftereffects, Frontiers in psychology, 7 pp. 1-9. ISSN 1664-1078 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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© 2016 Stephen, Bickersteth, Mond, Stevenson and Brooks. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01223


Prolonged exposure to images of narrow bodies has been shown to induce a perceptual aftereffect, such that observersí point of subjective normality (PSN) for bodies shifts toward narrower bodies. The converse effect is shown for adaptation to wide bodies. In low-level stimuli, object attention (attention directed to the object) and spatial attention (attention directed to the location of the object) have been shown to increase the magnitude of visual aftereffects, while object-based attention enhances the adaptation effect in faces. It is not known whether featural attention (attention directed to a specific aspect of the object) affects the magnitude of adaptation effects in body stimuli. Here, we manipulate the attention of Caucasian observers to different featural information in body images, by asking them to rate the fatness or sex typicality of male and female bodies manipulated to appear fatter or thinner than average. PSNs for body fatness were taken at baseline and after adaptation, and a change in PSN (1PSN) was calculated. A body size adaptation effect was found, with observers who viewed fat bodies showing an increased PSN, and those exposed to thin bodies showing a reduced PSN. However, manipulations of featural attention to body fatness or sex typicality produced equivalent results, suggesting that featural attention may not affect the strength of the body size aftereffect.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Body perception, featural attention, body size misperception
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117543
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-19
Last Modified:2018-05-04
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