Researchers have devised a method to access people's mental images of themselves and compare this mental image against a realistic image of the person. The study revealed people's mental images of themselves are not necessarily true to life, but are influenced by the kind of personality the individual believes themselves to have.
Those with body dysmorphic disorder and anorexia have abnormalities in activity and connectivity in visual and parietal brain networks. People with anorexia and body dysmorphia process images with high, low, or normal levels of detail. The abnormalities for low level of detail have the most direct relationship with disorder symptom severity and body perception.
Researchers report inhibited activity of the amygdala makes people more susceptible to deception when it comes to illusory perception. The study suggests the amygdala might help to protect us against distortions in self-perception.
According to researchers, social media use in young women can have a negative impact on the way they view their own bodies and appearance. The study reports women who engage with photos of friends they consider to be more attractive than themselves feel worse about their own appearance directly after viewing.
University of Western Australia discover why some people believe they may be thinner than they actually are. Researchers report body perception could be a distortion created by our past observations of ourselves and other people.
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Hearing ascending sounds causes people to estimate the length of their fingers to be longer than when they hear a descending or constant sound, report UCL researchers.
A new study reports on how the perceptual mechanisms in a person’s brain adapt in response to images of one’s own or other people’s bodies that have been manipulated to look thinner or fatter than they really are.
According to a new study, women with apple shaped bodies may be at higher risk of binge eating episodes.
According to a new study, those who are aware they are overweight or obese might gain more weight than those who are unaware of their weight problems.