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What is the impact of our perception of our own body? How does it impact our wellbeing? How does our understanding of our body differ across cultures and change over time/
Psychology researcher Dr Helge Gilmeister and art historian Dr Matt Lodder join Professor Jules Pretty.
Read more about the work of Dr Helge Gillmeister and Dr Matt Lodder on Essex Blogs:
Dr Helge Gillmeister - How mental representations of our body determine our sense of self
Dr Matt Lodder - Body Modification as Artistic Practice
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School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex
Dr Matt Lodder is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory, and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex. He teaches European, American and Japanese art, architecture, visual culture and theory from the late 19th century to the present, including modern and contemporary art post-1945, digital and "new media" art, and the intersections between art and politics.
Department of Psychology, University of Essex
Dr Helge Gillmeister is a Reader at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex in Colchester, UK. Her research expertise concerns body and self-awareness, which she examines with behavioural and brain imaging methods in adults with and without clinical symptoms of depersonalisation, eating and body dysmorphic disorders. She has been involved in several projects related to physical activity, weight stigma, mental health and body image across the life span. She is a board member of the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (BACN) for whom she acts as membership secretary; she is also a member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), European Brain and Behaviour Society (EBBS), and the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN). She is a UK Science Media Centre database expert on body image and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.