Manipulating body representations with virtual reality: Clinical implications for anorexia nervosa

Stephen Andrew Gadsby

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Anorexia nervosa patients exhibit distorted body-representations. Specifically, they represent their bodies as larger than reality. Given that this distortion likely exacerbates the condition, there is an obligation to further understand and, if possible, rectify it. In pursuit of this, experimental paradigms are needed which manipulate the spatial content of these representations. In this essay, I discuss how virtual reality technology that implements full-body variants of the rubber-hand illusion may prove useful in this regard, and I discuss some issues related to the clinical application of this method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-924
Number of pages25
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • body-image
  • body-schema
  • rubber-hand illusion
  • treatment
  • virtual reality

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