3DBODY.TECH 2019 - Paper 19.173

S. Mohamed et al., "Development of a 3D Body Database to Improve Measures of Perceptual Male Body Image Distortion", in Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2019 - 10th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 22-23 Oct. 2019, pp. 173-175, doi:10.15221/19.173.


Development of a 3D Body Database to Improve Measures of Perceptual Male Body Image Distortion


Sophie MOHAMED 1,2, Nadia MAALIN 1, Robin KRAMER 1, Andrew IRVINE 1, Piers L. CORNELISSEN 3, Martin J. TOVEE 1

1 School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK;
2 Lincoln Institute for Health, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK;
3 School of Psychology, Northumbria University, UK


There are important limitations in the current methodological stimuli being used in perceptual body image research among men, including a reliance on unrealistic images, a lack of biometric validity, and little consideration of the sexual dimorphism of human body composition. This research seeks to address this critical 'stimulus problem' through the development of a large database of 3D body scans and body composition measurements. The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between body shape and composition, as well as how this varies within distinct body mass index (BMI) categories. Over 170 adult males have been recruited through staff and students at the University of Lincoln and from the general population. Principal component analysis and partial least squares regression are being used to characterise the statistical mapping between 3D male body shape changes and body composition. These statistical models will then allow for the development of a range of photorealistic, biometrically accurate, calibrated 3D male avatars, with future applications in both healthcare and research contexts.


Extended abstract: 19173mohamed-eabs.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2019, 22-23 Oct. 2019, Lugano, Switzerland
Pages: 173-175
DOI: 10.15221/19.173

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