Modifications of body-image induced by virtual reality

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Abstract

In contrast to the great number of publications on body image, only a few papers have focused on the treatment of a disturbed body image. In general, two direct and specific approaches are usually used, a cognitive/behavioural therapy to influence patient's feelings of dissatisfaction and a visuomotor therapy with the aim of influencing bodily awareness. The aim of this study was both to develop a virtual reality environment integrating the two approaches and to test its efficacy on a non-clinical sample of 24 women. Before and after a 10-min. virtual experience all the subjects made ratings on the Figure Rating Scale and the Contour Drawing Rating Scale. Analysis showed a significant reduction in body dissatisfaction without any major side effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume86
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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