I have a guest post over at the BPS Research Digest, covering research on the psychological effects of pictures of ultra-thin fashion models.
A crucial question is whether the effect of these thin-ideal images is automatic. Does the comparison to the models, which is thought to be the key driver in their negative effects, happen without our intention, attention or both? Knowing the answer will tell us just how much power these images have, and also how best we might protect ourselves from them.
It’s a great study from the lab of Stephen Want (Ryerson University). For the full details of the research, head over: Images of ultra-thin models need your attention to make you feel bad
Update: Download the preprint of the paper, and the original data here