Resources from the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)
Listen to our podcasts, watch videos and access our list of support sources.
We want to spread knowledge about the psychology of appearance, what we do at the Centre, and how people can access support.
Appearance Matters: The Podcast
Appearance Matters: The Podcast is all about appearance, featuring exclusive interviews with experts in the field. Hosted by Dr Nadia Craddock and Dr Jade Parnell, the podcast is rated five stars by iTunes, and is featured in iTunes 'New and Noteworthy' and 'What's Hot' categories for Higher Education.Listen to our podcast
Appearance Matters: The Podcast transcripts
Transcripts of the podcast episodes are now available to access online and download. These are being updated on a regular basis, and we hope to have all uploaded soon. If there is a specific episode transcript you would like to access, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can prioritise uploading the transcript for you. Thank you for your interest in Appearance Matters: The Podcast!
Appearance Diversity Guide for teachers
View the support guide for school staff promoting acceptance of appearance diversity (PDF) developed in collaboration with Face Equality International.
Sources of support
We have compiled a list of organisations who provide support for people with appearance concerns. View our sources of support.
Body functionality relates to all of the things that our bodies can do. Research has shown that focusing on what our bodies do for us, rather than how they look, can make us feel better about ourselves. Watch the short Body Functionality video to find out more. For individuals who have any form of visible difference, you can download and use a specially tailored version of the Body Functionality writing booklet, Expanding Your Horizon: More Than My Appearance (PDF).
Serving personnel and veterans with appearance-altering injuries
Through our SCAR Free Foundation-funded work to understand the support needs of those affected by appearance-altering injuries sustained during military operations and training, we have developed guidance materials. These include a Guide for health professionals (PDF) to support affected individuals and a Guide for affected individuals (PDF) in managing others and difficult situations.
Board game: ‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’
‘Everybody’s Different: The Appearance Game’ is an educational board game for children aged 9 to 11 years. The game includes questions and discussion-based activities which aim to teach children about a number of appearance-related issues. The video explains more about the game, including how it was developed, and the findings of a study that was carried out by CAR to test whether it helped children learn more about appearance-related issues. Watch the Everybody's Different video and view the infographic (PDF) to learn more about the research behind this board game.
Mindful eating mini-meditation
Mindful eating is the practice of paying attention and involving all our senses in the present moment with our food. Eating mindfully can help us connect better with our feelings of hunger and fullness, as well as the simple joy of eating. We invite you to try this brief mini-meditation before eating, which only takes a few minutes.
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We have recent experience of working with the following media:
- Channel 4
- BBC Radio 4
- Local radio
- Marie Claire magazine
- Elle Magazine
- The Times
- The Guardian
- The Telegraph
- The Daily Mail
Please contact us if you want work with us.
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Collaborations with Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)
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