International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 15 Num. 3 - October 2015


Differential Reactivity of Attention Biases in Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder

Volume 15 Num. 3 - October 2015 - Pages 425-431


Kentaro Shirotsuki , Nobuko Kawasoe , Yoshio Kodama , So-ichiro Adachi , Toshiki Shioiri , Shinobu Nomura


Information-processing biases based on cognitive and cognitive behavioral models have been reported in social anxiety disorder (SAD). One such bias is the attention bias, or selectively attending to threat stimuli. This bias has been associated in anxiety with maintenance and worsening of SAD symptoms. The objective of the present study was to examine, compare, and clarify differences in attention biases to language stimuli between SAD patients and healthy people. Results indicated, no differences between the two groups, but differences were seen in the attention bias score among SAD patients. This suggests that there is an increased threat effect among SAD patients triggered by their attention bias toward social threat stimuli

Key words:

social anxiety disorder, attention, cognitive biases

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