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Take part in research exploring the relationship between body representation and social attitudes

We are examining the effects of changes in body representation on people's attitudes using bodily illusion and imagination. Sign up to take part.

Previous research has found that people tend to hold different views towards different ethnic groups. We aim to examine these varying attitudes using methods such as body illusions and imagination.


We are specifically recruiting participants who are 18 years or above and self-identify as White (this includes people of native British, Irish and European origin).

What is involved

This study involves an online assessment and a laboratory experiment. First, you will complete an online task and a short questionnaire. Then, you will attend an experimental session where you will experience changes in body representation either through bodily illusion or through imagination. At the end of the experiment, you will complete a short test and a questionnaire.

The online assessment will take approximately 10 minutes while the experimental session will take approximately 20 minutes.

The study will end on 1 January 2020.


Any personal information and data provided by participants will only be available to researchers involved in the study. Research data will be stored with participants' anonymised ID number and will be stored on the University's secure research drive. Participants' anonymised ID number will be linked to their email address within a separate excel spreadsheet that is password protected. Contact details will not be linked to the research data.

The study has received ethics approval.1

Contact us

If you would like to take part in this research study or if you have any questions, please get in touch with the researcher.

1 This research project has been approved by the Department of Psychology Ethics Committee (ID: 18-318).