Reference: PSI2017-85063-R

Grant year: 2017

Duration: 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2020 (3 años)

Funding Program: 2017 Call for R + D + i projects, from the national program of Research, Development and Innovation oriented towards addressing societal challenges.

Funding Entity: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness

Coordinator: Rosa Mª Baños Rivera

PI at UVEG: Rosa Mª Baños Rivera

Partners of the Consortium:

– Cristina Botella Arbona (Jaume I University)

– Ernestina Etchemendy Kasten (University of Zaragoza)

– Verónica Guillén Botella (University of Valencia)

– Ausiàs Cebolla Martí (University of Valencia).

UVEG research team:

– Marta Miragall

– Diana Burychka

Brief description of the Project:

Anorexia nervosa is a severe mental disorder associated with significant psychological and medical impact, which particularly affects adolescents and young people. There is consensus to emphasize the key role that the body's experience plays in this mental disorder. Specifically, distortions in body image are considered to be a fundamental aspect of understanding anorexia nervosa. The general aim of this project is to analyze the underlying mechanisms of this altered body experience and, based on this, be able to generate intervention procedures that allow us to modify them, to promote a healthier experience and body image. In order to achieve this, we rely on the psychological models and previous research carried out in the field of "embodiment" and its implementation to the psychopathology of Eating Disorders. The ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of this disorder, namely anorexia nervosa, whose key manifestation is impairment of body experience, and create the possibility of enhancing existing treatments for these disorders.

Our participation consists of:Coordination, development, and execution of the project.

Associated Studies:

COGNITIVE: Validation of a Virtual Reality system aimed to assess and modify the altered mental body representations in women with eating disorders.

TOUCH: Virtual reality intervention to modify, through visual-tactile stimulation, the body image distortions in women with eating disorders.

Reembodying me: towards a positive body image

The project aims to promote positive body image by developing positive embodiment and reducing body shame through the practice of self-compassion in women with body dissatisfaction.

Associated publications:

Fonseca-Baeza, S., Corno, G., & Baños, R. M. (2018). An intervention protocol proposal to modify the body image disturbance using Virtual RealityCalidad de Vida y Salud, 11(2).

Fonseca-Baeza, S., Borrego, A., Miragall, M., Alcañiz, M., Llorens, R. y Baños, R. Plausibility and weight classification of 3D avatars from egocentric and allocentric perspectives. A preliminary study in healthy women. Proceedings of the 12nd International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, 2018. 205 – 208.

Fonseca-Baeza, S., Miragall, M., Sangrador, C., Bolo, S., Corno, G., Borrego, A., Llorens, R. y Baños, R. Las ventajas de la RV para evaluar distorsiones en las experiencias corporales. I Congreso Internacional Intersanitario, 2018.

Burychka, D., Miragall, M., Fonseca, S., Borrego, A., LLorens, R., Baños, R.M. (2019). “Thin-Fat” Categorical Boundaries: An underlying mechanism in Body Image Disturbance? Association for behavioral and cognitive therapies, 2019.