Skip navigation

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
  • Can realistic dolls protect body satisfaction in young girls?, Boothroyd, L., Tovée, M., Evans, E. 11 Mar 2021, In: Body Image
  • Targeting body image in eating disorders, Cornelissen, P., Tovée, M. 8 Apr 2021, In: Current Opinion in Psychology
  • 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. 13 Oct 2020, In: Behavior Research Methods
  • 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
  • Are attitudinal and perceptual body image the same or different?: Evidence from high-level adaptation., Cornelissen, K., Widdrington, H., Mccarty, K., Pollet, T., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Dec 2019, In: Body Image
  • Distorted body image influences body schema in individuals with negative bodily attitudes, Irvine, K., McCarty, K., McKenzie, K., Pollet, T., Cornelissen, K., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. Jan 2019, In: Neuropsychologia
  • How does variation in the body composition of both stimuli and participant modulate self-estimates of men’s body size?, Groves, V., Cornelissen, P., McCarty, K., Mohamed, S., Maalin, N., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, K. 9 Oct 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry


a sign in front of a crowd
+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria
+

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table
+

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news

Back to top