Márta Fülöp

Name: Márta Fülöp
Country: Hungary
Degrees: PhD in Psychology
Current job title: Professor
Institution: Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University
Short autobiography:

In the psychology of appearance the role of such psychological processes as social comparison or such social emotions as envy or admiration is significant. These are part of the psychological processes of competition. Appearance is one of the main areas in which competition occurs in adolescence and young adulthood. The impact of this competition in appearance on subjective well-being or dissatisfaction and distress depends on the individual (e.g. personality, gender), on situational (e.g. group norms) and cultural factors.

The reason to join the network is to address the question of competition and social comparison as possible predictors behind students’ body satisfaction/dissatisfaction. Through this increased understanding it may be possible to declare an even more detailed model of the development of body satisfaction and proper and effective intervention methods.

Reason for joining: In the psychology of appearance the role of such psychological processes as social comparison or such social emotions as envy or admiration is significant. These are part of the psychological processes of competition. Appearance is one of the main areas in which competition occurs in adolescence and young adulthood. The impact of this competition in appearance on subjective well-being or dissatisfaction and distress depends on the individual (e.g. personality, gender), on situational (e.g. group norms) and cultural factors. The reason to join the network is to address the question of competition and social comparison as possible predictors behind students’ body satisfaction/dissatisfaction. Through this increased understanding it may be possible to declare an even more detailed model of the development of body satisfaction and proper and effective intervention methods.
Current research interest in relation to the COST Action: a) In the frame of this Europe-wide cooperation we may have the possibility to define the interrelations among satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the body, competition among peers and distant others (e.g. role models in the media) competitive attitudes and academic achievement, motivation in school, etc. b) What is the role of competition and competitive attitudes behind appearance dissatisfaction among students? c) How this new knowledge could be utilized in the development of interventions and in teacher training programs?
COST Actions Outcomes:
E-mail: fulop.marta@ttk.mta.hu
Link to institution: http://www.ttk.mta.hu/en/intezetek/kognitiv-idegtudomanyi-es-pszichologiai-intezet/