Title

Lack of Neuropsychological Deficits in Generalized Social Phobia

Authors

Authors

S. R. Sutterby;J. S. Bedwell

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Abbreviated Journal Title

PLoS One

Keywords

POSTEVENT RUMINATION; COGNITIVE FUNCTION; JUDGMENTAL BIASES; ANXIETY; PERFORMANCE; DISORDER; FACES; INDIVIDUALS; SPECIFICITY; DEPRESSION; Multidisciplinary Sciences

Abstract

There are relatively few existing studies examining neuropsychological functioning in social phobia (SP), which collectively yield mixed results. Interpretation of results is further complicated by a number of methodological inconsistencies across studies, including the examination of neuropsychological domains in relative isolation from one another. The present study utilized a broader collection of neuropsychological tests to assess nine domains of functioning in 25 individuals diagnosed with generalized SP and 25 nonpsychiatric controls (NC). A mixed ANOVA revealed neither a significant group by domain interaction, nor a significant main effect of group. Furthermore, no significant group differences emerged between the SP and NC groups within each specific neuropsychological domain. These findings suggest that underlying neuropsychological deficits are not likely to account for the information processing biases observed in the empirical literature, and appear to be consistent with current theoretical models which argue for the specificity of these biases to social information.

Journal Title

Plos One

Volume

7

Issue/Number

8

Publication Date

1-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

6

WOS Identifier

WOS:000307284100154

ISSN

1932-6203

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