A Replication Study on Visualising the Implicit Self-Image Using Reverse Correlation
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Representation of the self can give insight into an individual's mental well being. The current study aims at validating reverse correlation, as a means to produce a visual representation of self-image. Possible diagnostic and therapeutic implications of a visual implicit self-image are also investigated. Thirty one university students were recruited for the reverse correlation task of self-image creation. They were later interviewed on their self-images. Additionally, diagnostic applicability was investigated by re-analysing an existing dataset on CES-D scores and independently assessed depression of reverse correlation output. The results show that participants were generally successful in recognising their self-images. The images motivated the participants to think self-reflectively in the context of an interview. A stronger correlation of CES-D scores and assessed depression was found for a cutoff of the dataset, for CES-D scores of 16 and above. This study can be considered a step towards validating reverse correlation as a means to produce self-image. Furthermore, diagnostic applicability of the method should be further investigated on clinical samples. Lastly, the method could have potential for therapeutic settings, as it seems to be a useful tool for facilitating reflective thinking about the self.