The cognitive and emotional effects of cognitive bias modification in interpretations in behaviorally inhibited youth

Lauren K. White*, Jenna G. Suway, Daniel S. Pine, Andy P. Field, Kathryn J. Lester, Peter Muris, Yair Bar-Haim, Nathan A. Fox

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Cognitive bias modification (cbm) procedures follow from the view that interpretive biases play an important role in the development and maintenance of anxiety. As such, understanding the link between interpretive biases and anxiety in youth at risk for anxiety (e.g., behaviorally inhibited children) could elucidate the mechanisms involved in the development of pediatric anxiety. However, to date, the majority of cbm-i work only studies adult populations. The present article presents the results of a cbm study examining effects of positive interpretive bias modification on mood, stress vulnerability, and threat-related attention bias in a group of behaviorally inhibited children (n = 45). Despite successful modification of interpretive bias in the at-risk youth, minimal effects on stress vulnerability or threat-related attention bias were found. The current findings highlight the need for continued research on cognitive biases in anxiety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-510
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychopathology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Anxiety
  • Attention Bias to Threat
  • Behavioral Inhibition
  • Cognitive Bias Modification
  • Negative Interpretative Bias

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