Manja Engel

Manja Engel
Utrecht University | UU · Department of Social Sciences

Master of Science

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Introduction
Manja Engel currently works at the Department of Social Sciences, Utrecht University. Manja does research in Cognitive Science, Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. Their most recent publication is 'Anorexia nervosa and the size-weight illusion: No evidence of impaired visual-haptic object integration'.

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Introduction Body size judgements are frequently biased, or inaccurate, and these errors are further exaggerated for individuals with eating disorders. Within the eating disorder literature, it has been suggested that exaggerated errors in body size judgements are due to difficulties with integration. Across two experiments, we developed a novel in...
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The need to feel in control is central to anorexia nervosa (AN). The sense of control in AN has only been studied through self-report. This study investigated whether implicit sense of control (sense of agency; SoA) differs across AN patients, recovered AN (RAN) patients and healthy controls (HC). Furthermore, we assessed whether state anxiety is i...
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Research has shown that body size judgements are frequently biased, or inaccurate. Critically, judgement biases are further exaggerated for individuals with eating disorders, a finding that has been attributed to difficulties integrating body features into a perceptual whole. However, current understanding of which body features are integrated when...
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Background Researchsuggests that patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) exhibit differences in the perceptual processing of their own bodies. However, some researchers suggest that these differences are better explained with reference to non-perceptual factors, such as demand characteristics or emotional responses to the task. In this study, we invest...
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Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder that mainly affects young women. One of the most striking symptoms of this disorder is the distorted experience of body size and shape. Patients are by definition underweight, but experience and perceive their body as bigger than it in reality is. This body representation disturbance has fascinated scient...
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The need to feel in control is central to anorexia nervosa (AN). AN patients tend to use dysfunctional behaviour to feel a sense of control. The sense of control in AN has only been studied through self-report. The aim of this study is to investigate an implicit sense of control, the sense of agency (SoA), in AN patients, recovered AN (RAN) patient...
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Research suggests that anorexia nervosa (AN) patients overestimate their own body size. However, researchers are divided over whether this overestimation stems from perceptual or non-perceptual differences. In this study, we investigated the influence of non-perceptual factors in tactile size estimation, in a sample of AN patients (N = 30), recover...
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Body integrity identity disorder (BIID) is a rare condition defined by a persistent desire to amputate or paralyze a healthy limb (usually one or both of the legs). This desire arises from experiencing a mismatch between the internal body model and the actual physical/functional boundaries of the body. People with BIID show an abnormal physiologica...
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Body image disorders in anorexia nervosa (AN) patients and recovered AN (RAN) patients have been suggested to stem from aberrant integration of sensory information. Previous research by Case et al. (2012) used the size-weight illusion (SWI) to study multisensory integration in AN. Their results showed a diminished SWI in AN patients, which they int...
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Individuals with Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) have a (non-psychotic) longstanding desire to amputate or paralyze one or more fully-functioning limbs, often the legs. This desire presumably arises from experiencing a mismatch between one’s perceived mental image of the body and the physical structural and/or functional boundaries of the b...
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Purpose We tested in a pilot study a new intervention for body image disturbance in anorexia nervosa (AN). Unlike common treatment approaches our hoop training targeted not only cognitive-emotional and visual aspects of body image, but also tactile and body-scaled action components. Methods We assessed cognitive, visual, tactile and body-scaled ac...
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Body image disturbances (BID) are a key feature of eating disorders (ED). Clinical experience shows that BID exists in patients who Completed their Eating Disorder Treatment (CEDT), however studies concerning BID in CEDT patients are often limited to cognition and affect, measured by interviews and questionnaires. The current study is the first sys...
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The sense of how we experience our physical body as our own represents a fundamental component of human self-awareness. Body ownership can be studied with bodily illusions which are generated by inducing a visuo-tactile conflict where individuals experience illusionary ownership over a fake body or body part, such as a rubber hand. Previous studies...

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