The Effects of 3D Body Representations and Somatomorphic Images on Self-Esteem

dc.contributor.advisor Brinthaupt, Tom LaFever, Hayden Alexander
dc.contributor.committeemember Cottle, Rick
dc.contributor.committeemember Asbury, Mary Beth
dc.contributor.department Psychology en_US 2016-12-21T20:25:46Z 2016-12-21T20:25:46Z 2016-11-11
dc.description.abstract There is new technology that is capable of creating 3D body representations of people that has not been examined in psychological research, especially in relation to body esteem. Does viewing a representation of your current body type and analyzing how far you are from your body ideal impact body esteem? Is viewing a 3D representation of one’s body more impactful to body esteem than a 2D representation of one’s body? Do males and females differ in their reactions to seeing themselves represented with a 3D image? Participants (N = 63) were college students from classes at Middle Tennessee State University. Participants were in two different body target groups, the somatomorphic group and the body scan group. Participants in both conditions completed a pre-test assessing one’s body esteem. After completing the pre-test, all participants then got body scanned by the KX-16 body scanner. Participants then completed the post-test measure of body esteem after viewing a somatomorphic image or a copy of one’s body scan image. The somatomorphic group did not view a copy of one’s body scan image. The findings of this study are that participants body esteem drops after being presented with a body scan image or somatomorphic matrix. Also, being presented with a body scan image impacts body esteem more negatively than being presented with a somatomorphic matrix. Namely, the body scan image negatively affects overall body esteem and appearance body esteem. The major implication of this study is that using a 3D body scanner could have negative effects on one’s self esteem and should be cautioned for anyone who could suffer from detrimental effects of low self-esteem. Also, this research guides the way to further 3D body scanning psychological research. M.A.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject 3D body scanning
dc.subject Body esteem
dc.subject Body ideal
dc.subject Body image
dc.subject Body scanner
dc.subject Somatomorphic matrix
dc.subject.umi Experimental psychology
dc.subject.umi Gender studies
dc.subject.umi Clinical psychology
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title The Effects of 3D Body Representations and Somatomorphic Images on Self-Esteem
dc.type Thesis
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