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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

HLS academic featured in New Scientist 

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Dr Priscilla Heard, a neuropsychologist from the Department of Psychology at UWE, has been featured in a New Scientist article about painting techniques that trick the brain. Trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) effects are used by artists to create the optical illusion of depth on a flat surface. Through clever use of shadows and perspective artists can fool the viewer’s brain into perceiving a 3D object. In the article Priscilla explains why these visual ‘tricks’ work.

The New Scientist feature follows Priscilla’s involvement in curating an exhibition about trompe l’oeil art –  'Art and Illusions, Masterpieces of trompe l'oeil from antiquity until the present', which was held at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence from October 2009 – January 2010.

Read the full New Scientist article online here

Visit the Palozzi Strozzi website to read about the 'Art and illusions' exhibition