New study finds abnormal visual processing and slower attention switching in people with BDD

A recently published study by Lauren Kerwin, Sarit Hovav, Gerhard Hellemann, and Jamie D. Feusner found abnormalities in global and local visual processing in people with BDD for non-appearance stimuli. They also found slower attention switching in those with BDD. Poorer task performance was correlated with worse insight, suggesting a relationship between poor insight (stronger convictions about their appearance being defective and less able to recognize that this concern may be attributable to a mental illness) and impaired visual processing.

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