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A `Rubber-hand` illusion reveals a relationship between perceptual body image and unhealthy body change

Mussap, Alexander and Salton, Nancy 2006, A `Rubber-hand` illusion reveals a relationship between perceptual body image and unhealthy body change, Journal of health psychology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 627-639, doi: 10.1177/1359105306065022.

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Title A `Rubber-hand` illusion reveals a relationship between perceptual body image and unhealthy body change
Author(s) Mussap, AlexanderORCID iD for Mussap, Alexander orcid.org/0000-0003-1290-3680
Salton, Nancy
Journal name Journal of health psychology
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 627
End page 639
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1359-1053
1461-7277
Keyword(s) body image
eating disorders
rubber-hand illusion
unhealthy body change
Summary The ‘rubber-hand’ illusion, in which individuals misattribute tactile sensations felt by their hand to a rubber prosthetic hand that they see being stimulated, was employed to examine the relationship between perceptual body image and unhealthy body change in 128 volunteers. Variance in unhealthy body development in males (22%) and in bulimic symptomatology in both females and males (10%), was explained by susceptibility to the illusion. The illusion, which is relatively free from cognitive and emotional ‘contamination’, could be used to identify individuals most responsive to therapies designed to correct inaccurate body perceptions–individuals whose perceptual body image is malleable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359105306065022
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004061

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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