A computerized interpretation modification program and its effect on social anxiety
Beard, Courtney Leigh
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Social Phobia is a common and debilitating disorder that often goes untreated. The current study translated empirical findings from information processing research to develop a procedure to decrease social anxiety symptoms. Specifically, I evaluated a computerized interpretation modification program that was designed to change biased interpretation and decrease anxiety symptoms in socially anxious individuals. Twenty-three socially anxious individuals were randomly assigned to the interpretation modification program or a placebo condition. The program successfully changed biased interpretation and social anxiety symptoms compared to the placebo condition. This type of procedure has implications for new treatments and understanding mechanisms of change in social anxiety.