Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, That Is Not What I Look Like at All: Exploring Self-Perception

About this study

You are invited to take part in an online self-perception study. We hope to learn what psychological factors, including problems with eating and body image concerns, may influence how flexible self-perception is.

Research TeamJade Portingale (PhD)
InstitutionThe University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences
Ethics Approval Number2056250.3
Funding SourceThe University of Melbourne
Project Start DateAugust 25, 2021
Project End DateDecember 31, 2024
ParticipantsRequirements for participation:
• You are female
• You are aged 18 years or over
• You are of Caucasian, South-Eastern Asian or Eastern Asian ethnicity
What is InvolvedYou will be asked to complete three online components:

Phase 1). A short 5-10-minute pre-screening survey to assess your eligibility, where you will be asked to:
• Complete an online questionnaire assessing your current eating behaviours.
IF you meet our eligibility criteria, you will then be invited to complete:

Phase 2). An online experiment via Zoom, where you will be asked to:
• Complete an online questionnaire
• Pose for a neutral photograph that only our research team will see
• Complete some online experimental tasks which assess self-perception (this will involve looking at a picture of your face, viewing a video of another person’s face with various expressions and mimicking such facial expressions when instructed)
• The time needed to complete this is not expected to exceed 2-hours.

Phase 3). A clinical interview via Zoom, where you will be asked to:
• Respond to questions assessing your current eating behaviours.
• The time needed to complete this is not expected to exceed 1-hour.

The overall time commitment for the entire study is not expected to exceed 3 hours 10 minutes.
What are the possible benefits?
The information gathered from this research will contribute to the literature on the effects of self-perception on eating patterns and body image.

Based upon which phase/s of the study you are eligible for, you will receive ONE of three forms of compensation:
1. If you only complete Phase 1 of the study (but not Phase 2) you will be entered into a draw to win one of six x $50 e-gift cards. OR
2. If you complete Phases 1 and 2 (but not Phase 3) you will receive a $40 e-gift card.  OR
3. If you complete Phases 1, 2 and 3 you will receive a $60 e-gift card. 

How can I participate?
Please click this link to complete Phase 1:
LocationOnline (via Zoom)
Contact Details

Jade Portingale: jportingale@student.unimelb.edu.au

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