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We are looking for individuals who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) to participate in a new research project. This research project involves a comprehensive investigation of the features of BDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), in an effort to generate new and useful information about these disorders. The project is being conducted by researchers at Australian Catholic University (Fitzroy) and Swinburne University of Technology (Hawthorn) in Melbourne, Australia.

What is involved?
1) Attend two assessment sessions at either Australian Catholic University or Swinburne University. These sessions will include interviews to assess your current psychological symptoms, as well as pencil-and-paper tests and computer tests. These tests are designed to measure how your mind processes different types of information, such as visual information. Each session will take approximately 2 — 2.5 hours.
2) Attend a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan at Swinburne University. You will be asked to lie inside the scanner while we take images of your brain. While lying down, you will be able to see a computer screen, and we will ask you to complete some tasks on the computer using a remote control during the scan. The scan appointment will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.
3) Complete an online survey at home. This survey will ask about your personal history and psychological experiences. It takes approximately 30 minutes — 1 hour to complete.

What are the benefits?
You will receive a total of $160 cash reimbursement for your time, split over each appointment. In addition, your participation will help contribute to new scientific knowledge about BDD.

Who can participate?
We are looking for people who have a current primary diagnosis of BDD, but do not also have OCD. In addition, we require participants to meet the following criteria:
- English first language
- 18 to 65 years old
- Right handed
- No electrical, metal or magnetic implants in the body
- No neurological disorders or history of brain injury
- Have a practising Australian General Practitioner

How can I get in touch?
If you want to participate or just have questions about the study, please contact one of our researchers.
Amy Malcolm
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 0413 725 452
Toni Pikoos
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 0490 849 468

URL link for participants:
http://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/mental-health/participate-in-research/body-dysmorphic-obsessive-compulsive-disorder/

 

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