Centre for Mental Health

Aesthetics, perfectionism and face perception in relation to body image

Body image concerns are very common, with reports showing 20-60 per cent of individuals are at least somewhat worried about their appearance. This is an online study which seeks to examine how a number of factors (i.e. aesthetic sensitivity, perfectionism, and facial perception) may contribute to the development and/or maintenance of body image concerns.

Participant criteria

To participate in this study, you must:

  • be above 18 years of age
  • be fluent in English
  • have access to a desktop/laptop computer with internet
  • have been diagnosed with a body image disorder (i.e. body dysmorphic disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge-eating disorder) OR have significant body image concerns.

Study details

You will be asked questions about your personal and health information, followed by measures of aesthetic sensitivity and perfectionism. The study will conclude with a face perception task, where you will be shown a series of 60 faces, and asked to rate their attractiveness, approachability, and symmetry. This study will take roughly one hour to complete. These tasks are untimed, and you will be reimbursed for your participation. Any information obtained that can identify you will be treated as confidential, and stored securely.