Why we study appearance

Resources from the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), UWE Bristol.

Our members talk about why they study the psycho-social aspects of appearance. Recent research findings and the reality of "beauty myths" are discussed.

The influence of the media is considered, including the impact of the 'thin ideal' for female models and the 'muscular ideal' for males. The importance of researching body image is explained, along with the effect this can have on an individual's psychological and physical health.

The Centre for Appearance Research: why we study appearance

View this short film to hear why our members study appearance.