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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 45: Gendered Differences in Interoception and Embodiment

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This research aims to understand the relationships between gender, awareness of internal bodily sensations (interoception) and feelings of body ownership (embodiment) among preadolescents and early adolescents. Embodiment has been inversely correlated with disorders such as body dysmorphia, so establishing a connection between interoceptive awareness and embodiment would give valuable insight into possible body image and eating disorder interventions. Participants will be recruited through a University database as well as flyers posted in local businesses. First, participants will complete a heartbeat detection task to assess interoception. After a distractor task, the Body Responsiveness Scale (Daubinmier, 1965) and the Body Awareness Questionnaire (Shields, Mallory & Simon, 1989) will be given to assess embodiment. It is hypothesized that female participants will show decreased interoceptive awareness compared to males, female participants will show a decreased sense of embodiment compared to male participants, and among all participants interoceptive awareness will be positively correlated with embodiment.

Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library

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