Dynamics of visual processing abnormalities in BDD

Project Summary

There is a critical need for research in BDD to identify targets for intervention based on pathophysiological mechanisms. Accordingly, this study aims to illuminate dynamic pathophysiological mechanisms underlying perceptual distortions in BDD using two novel visual modulation techniques. Correction of aberrant visual processing may be an important treatment component, as persistent perceptual distortions of appearance contribute to poor insight and delusionality, which limits BDD sufferers’ engagement in treatment, and additionally puts them at risk for relapse.

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Supported by grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health