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J Psychosom Res. 1989;33(5):603-7.

Mirror feedback and judgments of body size.

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Department of Psychology, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo 81001.


Body size perception was measured in 44 obese and normal weight subjects using a video TV methodology. Subjects performed a task whereby they manipulated the size of their body image on a TV screen. Subjects viewed their images in the presence and absence of a full length mirror. Subjects were more accurate judging body size with the mirror present. Subjects also responded more slowly and made more adjustments of their body image when the mirror was present. No differences between obese and normal weight subjects were found. Ramifications of the findings for individuals who diet are discussed.

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