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Prof Martin Tovee

Professor

Department: Psychology

My research focuses on the problem of body image dysfunction in Eating Disordered patients. People with Eating Disorders usually exhibit strong concerns about their weight and tend to overestimate their body size. This body image dysfunction is a key diagnostic feature in both Anorexia and Bulimia, and plays an important role in the aetiology and maintenance of these conditions. By understanding both the perceptual and psychological factors in how people assess their bodies, we hope to develop new strategies to improve the treatment of these conditions.

My research also explores human mate selection and the perception of physical attractiveness in an evolutionary psychology context. One of the most fundamental problems for any organism is mate selection. In evolutionary terms it is important that we are sensitive to the physical cues that honestly signal that one individual is more desirable (i.e. fitter and with a better reproductive potential) than another, and use these cues to choose the partner who is most likely to enhance our chances of successful reproduction. My research has focussed on the visual cues on which these judgements are based, and how environment and context may alter these judgements.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Tovee

 

Martin Tovee

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 3D visualisation of psychometric judgements of the ideal male body, Mohamed, S., Kramer, R., Thornborrow, T., Pollet, T., Tovee, M., Cornelissen, P. 21 May 2021, In: Body Image
  • Beyond BMI for self-estimates of body size and shape: A new method for developing stimuli correctly calibrated for body composition, Maalin, N., Mohamed, S., Kramer, R., Cornelissen, P., Martin, D., Tovee, M. 1 Jun 2021, In: Behavior Research Methods
  • Can realistic dolls protect body satisfaction in young girls?, Boothroyd, L., Tovée, M., Evans, E. 1 Jun 2021, In: Body Image
  • Fat talk is predicted by body dissatisfaction and social comparison with no interaction effect: Evidence from two replication studies, Pollet, T., Dawson, S., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P., Cornelissen, K. 1 Jun 2021, In: Body Image
  • Targeting body image in eating disorders, Cornelissen, P., Tovée, M. 8 Apr 2021, In: Current Opinion in Psychology
  • Engagement with fat talk as a function of social comparison and body image concerns: Two replication studies support main effects but do not support an interaction effect, Cornelissen, K., Pollet, T., Tovee, M., Cornelissen, P., Dawson, S. 17 Jun 2020, In: PsyArXiv
  • Muscles and the Media: A Natural Experiment Across Cultures in Men’s Body Image, Thornborrow, T., Onwuegbusi, T., Mohamed, S., Boothroyd, L., Tovée, M. 3 Apr 2020, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Television Consumption Drives Perceptions of Female Body Attractiveness in a Population Undergoing Technological Transition, Boothroyd, L., Jucker, J., Thornborrow, T., Barton, R., Burt, D., Evans, E., Jamieson, M., Tovée, M. 1 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • The acceptability and feasibility of using a 3D body size scale to initiate conversations about weight in toddlerhood: a mixed-methods study, Tommerup, K., Smith, A., Evans, E., Croker, H., Steptoe, A., Tovee, M., Fildes, A., Llewellyn, C. 20 Aug 2020, In: Pediatric obesity
  • Using immersive virtual reality to modify body image, Irvine, K., Invine, A., Maalin, N., McCarty, K., Cornelissen, K., Tovee, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Jun 2020, In: Body Image


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