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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (12) : 2196-2203     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02196
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Interpretation Bias in Social Anxiety: Research Paradigms, Characteristics and Modification
LI Tao;FENG Fei
(1 School of Public Management, South-Central University for Nationalities; 2 Schoool of Marxism, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074, China)
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Abstract  

Social anxious individuals usually show an important cognitive bias-interpretation bias, which refers to the tendency to interpret social situations in a more negative or threatening way. The present paper firstly introduced the paradigms usually used in this research field: homophone and homograph paradigm, ambiguous vignettes paradigm, reaction time paradigm and word sentence association paradigm. Then it summarized the characteristics of the interpretation bias in social anxiety, and expounded how attentional bias, attachment relationships, developmental experiences and reinforcement sensitivity of personality influenced interpretation bias. Finally, it proposed future directions: (1) the applicability of research paradigms; (2) the specificity of interpretation bias in social anxiety; (3) neurobiological researches of interpretation bias in social anxiety; (4) the different effects of positive and negative interpretations on social anxiety; (5) the effect of interpretation modification in socially anxious participants.

Keywords social anxiety      interpretation bias      attentional bias      modification of interpretation bias     
Corresponding Authors: LI Tao   
Issue Date: 15 December 2013
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LI Tao,FENG Fei. Interpretation Bias in Social Anxiety: Research Paradigms, Characteristics and Modification[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(12): 2196-2203.
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