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Enhanced effects of combined cognitive bias modification and computerised cognitive behaviour therapy on social anxiety

Butler, E and Mobini, S and Rapee, RM and Mackintosh, B and Reynolds, SA and Walla, P (2015) 'Enhanced effects of combined cognitive bias modification and computerised cognitive behaviour therapy on social anxiety.' Cogent Psychology, 2 (1). creators - Mackintosh=3ABundy=3A=3A. ISSN 2331-1908

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Abstract

This study examines whether combined cognitive bias modification for interpretative biases (CBM-I) and computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (C-CBT) can produce enhanced positive effects on interpretation biases and social anxiety. Forty socially anxious students were randomly assigned into two conditions, an intervention group (positive CBM-I + C-CBT) or an active control (neutral CBM-I + C-CBT). At pre-test, participants completed measures of social anxiety, interpretative bias, cognitive distortions, and social and work adjustment. They were exposed to 6 � 30 min sessions of web-based interventions including three sessions of either positive or neutral CBM-I and three sessions of C-CBT, one session per day. At post-test and two-week follow-up, participants completed the baseline measures. A combined positive CBM-I + C-CBT produced less negative interpretations of ambiguous situations than neutral CBM-I + C-CBT. The results also showed that both positive CBM-I + C-CBT and neutral CBM-I + C-CBT reduced social anxiety and cognitive distortions as well as improving work and social adjustment. However, greater effect sizes were observed in the positive CBM-I + C-CBT condition than the control. This indicates that adding positive CBM-I to C-CBT enhanced the training effects on social anxiety, cognitive distortions, and social and work adjustment compared to the neutral CBM-I + C-CBT condition.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social anxiety, cognitive bias modification, computerised cognitive behaviour therapy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 13:39
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:31
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15175

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