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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.

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Martin Tovee

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  • How do looking patterns, anti-fat bias, and causal weight attributions relate to adults’ judgements of child weight?, Evans, E., Tovée, M., Hancock, P., Cornelissen, P. 19 Nov 2022, In: Body Image
  • Sociocultural drivers of body image and eating disorder risk in rural Nicaraguan women, Thornborrow, T., Evans, E., Tovee, M., Boothroyd, L. 6 Sep 2022, In: Journal of Eating Disorders
  • The degree to which the cultural ideal is internalized predicts judgments of male and female physical attractiveness, Ridley, B., Cornelissen, P., Maalin, N., Mohamed, S., Kramer, R., McCarty, K., Tovee, M. 19 Oct 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • The Effect of Own Body Concerns on Judgments of Other Women’s Body Size, Cornelissen, K., Brokjøb, L., Gumančík, J., Lowdon, E., McCarty, K., Irvine, K., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. 6 May 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • 3D visualisation of psychometric estimates for the ideal male body, Mohamed, S., Kramer, R., Thornborrow, T., Pollet, T., Tovee, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Sep 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 Sep 2021, In: Body Image
  • Targeting body image in eating disorders, Cornelissen, P., Tovée, M. 1 Oct 2021, In: Current Opinion in Psychology
  • Testing Mate Choice Hypotheses in a Transitional Small Scale Population, Boothroyd, L., Jucker, J., Thornborrow, T., Tovee, M., Batres, C., Penton-Voak, I. Sep 2021, In: Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology

Bethany Ridley Developing an intervention for childhood obesity Start Date: 01/10/2021


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