News in the Centre for Appearance Research

Low body confidence thwarts girls' and women's work and education aspirations - says new report

New report by Centre for Appearance Research and AnyBody reveals low body confidence is thwarting girls' and women's confidence and aspirations in education and the workplace.

'Costing the Invisible' report is an urgent call to challenge the economic and psychological costs of low body confidence.

See press release for further details.

Cleft Gene Bank welcomes a Royal visitor

The world’s largest cleft lip and palate research programme recieved a visit from HRH the Countess of Wessex GCVO (Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order). As Patron of the Healing Foundation, the Countess met members of the research team including Professor Nichola Rumsey.

For further details, please see the press release: 'Cleft Gene Bank to welcome a Royal visitor

Healing Foundation Centre for Children's Burns Research

A £1.5 million research centre to find new advances in the prevention and treatment of children's burns has been launched at Frenchay Hospital. One of the research strands will be into psychological healing and rehabilitation, led by the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR).

See press release: 'UWE links with new Healing Foundation Centre for Children's Burns Research'

Perspectives photo featured in December's issue of The Psychologist

Researchers at CAR worked on novel ways to improve levels of understanding about different forms of visible difference and in doing so, promoting people with an unusual aspect to their appearance as just that – people first, who just happen to have an unusual aspect to their appearance.

In this project we collaborated with professional photographer, Joanne de Nobriga. Joanne worked with participants on an individual basis to produce a photographic ‘portrait’ of them – not a ‘posed’ portrait in the conventional sense, but one which comes to life by communicating something about who they are and what they do. A photograph of Hemani Modasia featured in December’s issue of The Psychologist.

Rumsey and Harcourt (2012) Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Now available from Oxford University Press.

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