Research Project

Body Image Disturbance is one of the main symptoms for Anorexia Nervosa stated by the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The body image is a very complex construct that encompasses behavioral, cognitive/affective and perceptive aspects. Since there has been a lot of research concerning vision (e.g. drawing one's own silhouette), now research is focusing on other senses like touch and it can be stated that a body image disorder is multisensory in nature.

In my research project I am interested in the differences of perception and localization of tactile stimuli in patients with Anorexia Nervosa and in healthy controls. I also want to investigate how overestimation of body size influences conscious and unconscious movements. The definition and relationship between body image and body schema is one specific aspect which plays a role in this context.

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. Heiko Wagner
Dr. Anouk Keizer
PD Dr. Katja Kölkebeck

CV

*1988 Münster, Germany
2009–2012 Bachelor in Sports Science and Nutritional Science at the University of Münster
2012-2014 Master in Sports Science and Nutritional Science at the University of Münster
2015 PhD student at the University of Münster