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Psychology | ADRL Anxiety Projects

Optimism and Anxiety:

This study seeks to examine the relationship between trait optimism and anxiety. According to the literature, optimism has been found to be protective against several other negative mood states, and a similar relationship is explored here. We are also examining worry as a coping method, and seek to determine both the impact of worry on state anxiety, as well as whether or not optimists will employ worry as a coping strategy. It is a goal of this study to further our knowledge of state anxiety, its protective factors, and both adaptive and maladaptive coping methods. Participation in the in-lab portion of the study will take approximately one hour to complete. For questions, contact


Emotions and Alcohol Use:

The Anxiety Disorders Laboratory is currently conducting a study examining the relationship between emotions and alcohol use in different age groups. Our goal is to explore how developmental differences may impact the relationship between different emotions and alcohol-related problems and consumption levels.We are currently recruiting college/university students age 18-22 and adults age 25-35 who have previously attended college or university to participate. If you would like more information or to participate contact Frances Rekrut at


Social Anxiety Project:

The ADRL recently conducted a study investigating how automatic thoughts are influenced by evaluation, specifically for people with social anxiety. The intent of this research was to better understand the cognitive processes involved in the maintenance of anxiety. Participants were asked to do a class-like task and complete an Implicit Association Task (a computerized sorting activity). Participation in this study took approximately 1-hour and individuals were compensated with either $5 or research credit for eligible psychology courses.


A Dimensional Examination of Social Anxiety and Social Phobia

This study will aim to examine social anxiety and social phobia from a dimensional perspective. The objective of this study is to further elucidate the complexities of social anxiety and social phobia and to determine whether more can be learned about them through using a dimensional lens. Participants will complete self-report measures, a behavioral task, and computer tasks.The researcher will be recruiting both socially anxious and non-anxious participants for this project. Individuals will receive either monetary or research credit compensation for participation in this project.