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Appearance Matters 6 

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An international multi-disiplinary conference highlighting current research and good practice around psychology, body image and appearance.
1-2 July 2014
Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor David Sarwer (University of Pennsylvania, USA) on Psychology and Cosmetic Surgery
Dr Tracy Tylka (Ohio Stae University, USA) on Positive Body Image

Contact us to join our mailing list for updates, or visit the conference website for further information.

Professor Julie Kent launches new book: Regenerating Bodies 

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Professor Julie KentCongratulations to Professor Julie Kent who has launched her new book which draws together the findings of ten years social research in the emerging area of regenerative medicine.

This exciting book examines how human tissues and cells are being exchanged, commodified and commercialized by new health technologies. Through a discussion of emergent global ‘tissue economies’ Julie explores the social dynamics of innovation in the fields of tissue engineering and stem cell science. The book explores how regenerative medicine configures and conceptualizes bodies and argues that the development of regenerative medicine is a feminist issue.

Regenerating BodiesThe book considers the claims that regenerative medicine represents exciting possibilities for treating the diseases of ageing bodies, critically assessing what kind of futures are embodied in tissue and cell based therapies. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students within the social sciences, in health technology studies, bioethics, feminist studies, and gender and health studies.

For further information go to the book page on the publisher's website or contact Professor Julie Kent.

CAR members attend the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image 

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Members of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) attended the launch of an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Body Image on 18 May at the House of Commons. The group will examine the causes of negative body image and aims to engage with members of the advertising, fashion, and media industries to look at ways of promoting body confidence. CAR Research Fellow Dr Phillippa Diedrichs was invited to give a presentation as the CAR representative for the Campaign for Body Confidence.

Dr Diedrichs hopes that the APPG will provide a political platform to advocate for increased funding into body image research and positive body image interventions in schools.

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs with MPs and body image campaigners

Phillippa with MP’s and body image campaigners
Front L-R: Lynne Fetherstone MP, Phillippa Diedrichs (CAR), Rosi Prescott (Central YMCA CEO), Mary Glindon MP.
Back L-R: Suzie Orbach, Caryn Franklin, Caroline Nokes MP, Jo Swinson MP.

For more information about the event visit the
Campaign for Body Confidence website.
Click here for more information about Dr Phillippa Diedrichs’ research

Dr Chris Alford 'In the house' on BBC Radio Bristol 

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Alarm clockDr Chris Alford was ‘Dr in the House’ on BBC Radio Bristol's Saturday Surgery on Saturday 12 March 2011.  He discussed sleep problems and disorders with presenter Dr Phil Hammond, as well as his sleep research at UWE and in the Southwest. Chris and Phil also responded to listener’s questions on sleep related matters.

For more information contact Dr Chris Alford

Research image of the month #3: CAR 'any size' fashion shoot 

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Model posing at CAR any size fashion shoot

This might look an like an unlikely candidate for a Health and Life Sciences Research image - more like something from a fashion magazine. In fact it was taken during an 'any size' fashion shoot organised by researchers from the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) in the Department of Psychology.
CAR researchers Dr Phillippa Diedrichs and Nicole Paraskeva organised the shoot to encourage the use of models with diverse body shapes and sizes in the media. They will use the photos to explore the impact of unrealistic perfected images on appearance and body image, by comparing public opinion of these photos of ‘real people’ with those of airbrushed models more often used in advertising campaigns and fashion magazines. 

Research consistently shows that viewing idealised media images has a negative impact on body image for children and adults. Exposure to ultra-thin and muscular models contributes to unrealistic beauty ideals and can seriously harm individuals’ psychological and physical wellbeing.

Speaking about the importance of the research Dr Diedrichs says: “There have been recent calls from the general public, advocacy groups and politicians for the use of models that reflect reality and have different body shapes and sizes. We hope that these photos, presenting more diverse and realistic images of beauty, will help to promote healthy body image".

For more information visit the CAR website