Centre for Mental Health

A comparative investigation of body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder

Research suggests that body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) might overlap in important ways. To better understand the similarities and differences between the disorders, this study aims to compare individuals with BDD and OCD across several key areas, such as symptoms, cognitive ability, and brain activity. Findings from this study will provide useful information about both of these disorders and how they might be related.

Participant criteria

We are looking for people who currently have BDD or OCD. Unfortunately we cannot include individuals who currently have both conditions.

To participate in the study, you must:

  • be 18 to 65 years old
  • speak English as your first language
  • be right-handed
  • have no electrical, metal or magnetic implants in your body
  • have no neurological conditions.

Study details

Participation in this study will require you to attend two assessment sessions, and have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

The two assessment sessions will be held at either Australian Catholic University or Swinburne University of Technology. These sessions will include clinical interviews, pencil-and-paper tests, and computer tests. Each session will take approximately 2 to 3 hours.

The MRI scan will be completed at Swinburne University of Technology. You will be able to see a computer screen from inside the scanner, so we will ask you complete some computer tasks with a remote control while the scans are being taken.  

You will be reimbursed for your time and contribution.

How to participate

For further information, please contact:

Amy Malcolm, Doctoral Student Researcher
e: amy.malcolm@myacu.edu.au
t: 0413 725 452

Toni Pikoos, Doctoral Student Researcher
e: tpikoos@swinburne.edu.au
t: 0490 849 468