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Body size and shape misperception and visual adaptation: An overview of an emerging research paradigm


Challinor, KL and Mond, J and Stephen, ID and Mitchison, D and Stevenson, RJ and Hay, P and Brooks, KR, Body size and shape misperception and visual adaptation: An overview of an emerging research paradigm, Journal of International Medical Research, 45, (6) pp. 2001-2008. ISSN 0300-0605 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/0300060517726440


Although body size and shape misperception (BSSM) is a common feature of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and muscle dysmorphia, little is known about its underlying neural mechanisms. Recently, a new approach has emerged, based on the long-established non-invasive technique of perceptual adaptation, which allows for inferences about the structure of the neural apparatus responsible for alterations in visual appearance. Here, we describe several recent experimental examples of BSSM, wherein exposure to "extreme" body stimuli causes visual aftereffects of biased perception. The implications of these studies for our understanding of the neural and cognitive representation of human bodies, along with their implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:body image, adaptation, distortion, eating disorders, 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:123074
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-12-15
Last Modified:2018-12-13
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