International Congress of Psychology 2016

From July 24-29 2016 the 31st International Congress of Psychology was held in Yokohama, Japan.  I had the privilege of attending this huge event with contributors from 90 different countries.  I was presenting research published last year exploring the topic of feedism.  My presentation slot was limited to 15 minutes including questions so it was difficult to condense a year’s research into such a small amount of time but I just about managed it.  Have a listen to my first ever SoundCloud!

The abstracts from ICP2016 are published online with open access here.  Slides and photos below.

Yokohama Slides PDF

Yokohama 3

Opening ceremony featuring traditional Koto players.


Outside the conference venue.


Conference venue from the Landmark Tower (top left around the bottom of the curved hotel).




Research Participants Wanted!

I am currently working on an interdisciplinary research project which focuses on feederism.  Earlier in the year my co-author (Michael Palkowski) and I were delighted to sign a contract with Palgrave Pivot to write the first academic book on feederism – due for completion in summer 2015.  Feederism has varying definitions but it is commonly used to refer to individuals who gain sexual pleasure from gaining weight (feedee) or from feeding another person so that the other person gains weight (feeder).  There are also individuals who classify themselves as ‘mutual gainers’ because they enjoy both the feeder and feedee role.

You might have read or heard about feederism in the media through magazine articles or documentaries with titles such as Fat Girls and Feeders.  These representations do not accurately show the full spectrum of behaviours and attitudes in the feederism community.  They offer a niche view of feederism and are produced for entertainment.  They suggest that feederism is mainly about coercion and this has not been substantiated by research.  There is some interesting work in sociology which seeks to explore and understand feederism (most notably by Bestard (2008)) but there is very little in the psychological literature.  Michael and I will be making both a psychological and sociological contribution to this field with our forthcoming book.

If you would like to be involved in our research we would love to hear from you.  We are currently looking for participants who have experience of feederism either as a feeder, feedee, or mutual gainer.  We are interested in hearing about your experiences, feelings, and opinions on this topic.  We promise you complete confidentiality and anonymity.  We’re happy to provide further information if you have questions and getting in touch with us doesn’t mean you have to take part in our research.  Thanks and we hope to hear from you!

Kathy Charles ( or @kathy_charles on twitter) or Michael Palkowski (