Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type

Chapman access only poster or presentation

Publication Date

Fall 12-1-2021

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Aaron Schurger, Dr. Matthew Ballew, Dr. Marina Kahana


Recent research indicates an effect of attractive celebrity images on mood and body image (Brown, 2016). This effect can further develop into long term issues, such as body dysmorphia or depressive/suicidal symptoms. Female adolescents are especially susceptible to these effects, as they are likelier to engage in intense personal celebrity worship (Maltby, 2005), although this may also be attributed to the lack of research on the impact of media exposure on males’ body image (Agliata, 2004). My research will focus on how a self-evaluation of one’s own demographics (race, gender, etc.) may modulate the effect of attractive celebrity images on self-image. I predict that participants will rank themselves as less attractive when asked questions about their demographics before being exposed to images of celebrities versus being asked those questions after (as is usually done in research).


Presented at the virtual Fall 2021 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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