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Thursday June 02, 2011

How Brain Sees the ‘Big Picture’ May Affect Self-Image

Body dysmorphic disorder, an illness that causes people to see themselves as disfigured or ugly, is linked to an abnormality in how visual information is processed, and the image distortion extends to the world around them, according to a new study.

In their research, investigators at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that people with body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, have less brain activity when processing images as a whole—what they call “the big picture”—than they do when looking at things in detail.

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