General Area of Research:
Psychology (Body Image)
Has body image changed across time? Does the answer differ for males and females? Right now, we don't know. It may be that people are now more dissatisfied than ever before because societal ideal are thinner/more muscular than ever before. Or, we may be more comfortable with ourselves than ever before because of efforts such as the Dove campaign. We will begin answering this question by conducting a 'cross-temporal meta-analysis'. Basically, we will find every study that used specific measures of body dissatisfaction, and correlate body dissatisfaction scores with year of data collection.
Skills / Classes Required:
Preference will be given to students who have completed statistics (Psyc-250).