Our paper on the link between anxiety and assessment of body attitudes and body size estimation in anorexia nervosa patients has just been published in Journal of Experimental Psychopathology. We show that in AN patients state anxiety levels increase after completing different body size estimation tasks, implying that altered performance on body size estimation taks in anorexia might not only imply misperception of body size but also reflect increased state anxiety.
Read the paper here
My lecture for the University of the Netherlands on why anorexia patients feel fat is now online you can watch it here.
During the summer period I worked an a very special project with psychologist Barbara Montagne from GGZ Centraal and movie maker Lieza Röben. The project is called “Huidhonger: Op Slot – portretten uit de psychiatrie”. We made short films in which we show how psychiatric patients experienced the lockdown and social distancing regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also working on a quantitative and qualitative research project focusing on this issue.
The three short movies are covered nicely here (in Dutch) and can be found here (with English subtitles): Jasper; Marli; Anne.
Feel free to share them!
For De Universiteit van Nederland i recorded a podcast on touch and touch deprivation
Listen to it here
De Kennis van Nu made an episode about touch deprivation in times of social deprivation
They interviewed a few colleagues and myself, you can watch it here
A nice interview about loneliness in a lockdown society was published by Noord Hollands Niews
Read/watch it here
At Utrecht University we are currently running a study that investigates the effects of social distancing regulations on wellbeing and touch deprivation.
In several media this is a popular topic, see for example here. We aim to add insights from science to what is being said and written.
If you have 15 minutes to spare please participate here!
Sharing the link to the study is much appreciated, it is available in English, Dutch, German and Italian: http://tiny.cc/touch2020
On the verge of 2019 our paper on eye tracking and ASMR was published in Plos One.
You can read it here
In this paper we show that individuals who have ASMR experiences show a change in pupil size while watching ASMR movie clips, this change in pupil size was not found in participants who did not report ASMR experiences. This study adds nicely to the growing body of literature on physical changes associated with ASMR
Over the past year I did a series of ASMR experiments, of which the first one is now published In Perception.
The paper is on ASMR and sensory suggestibility, you can read it here.
A few weeks ago I gave a lecture for Universiteit van Nederland, it is now online and you can watch it here