Beauty and the beast: Psychobiologic and evolutionary perspectives on body dysmorphic disorder

Dan J. Stein, Paul D. Carey, James Warwick

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Abstract

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is characterized by preoccupation with a defect in appearance. Concepts of beauty play a particularly crucial role in humans' mental and social life, and may have specific psychobiologic and evolutionary underpinnings. In particular, there is a growing literature on the neurocircuitry underpinning the body schema, body image and facial expression processing, and aesthetic and symmetry judgments. Speculatively, disruptions in cognitive-affective processes relevant to judgments about physical beauty lead to BDD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalCNS Spectrums
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

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