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Body perception research using virtual reality – is this avatar really me?

How do we perceive our own body weight? Which body weight do we find attractive?

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems place test persons in front of their virtual selves and examine their self-perception. The aim of the studies is to investigate how accurately healthy women and men, incl. patients with anorexia nervosa, perceive their own body weight. The findings provide insights for new therapy approaches for people with eating disorders.

Psychobiology Eating Behavior Anorexia Body perception virtual reality avatar


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Simone Behrens
Affiliated Researcher
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Anne Thaler
Affiliated Researcher
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Michael Black
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Linda Behringer
Public Relations