New Review Article on Visual Processing in Anorexia Nervosa and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Research investigators Sarah Madsen, Cara Bohon, and Jamie Feusner recently reviewed the results of existing studies on visual processing in anorexia nervosa (AN) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). They found a pattern in both groups of over-attention to detail, reduced processing of global features, and a tendency to focus on symptom-specific details in their own images, as well as abnormalities in visual processing of images of other people and of objects. One of the major recommendations for the field, is to directly compare AN and BDD, which has not yet been done and would improve the understanding of visual abnormalities in the two psychiatric disorders.

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