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Psychology | ADRL Anxiety Projects

Social Anxiety Project:

The ADRL is currently conducting a study investigating how automatic thoughts are influenced by evaluation, specifically for people with social anxiety. The intent of this research is to better understand the cognitive processes involved in the maintenance of anxiety. Participants will be asked to do a class-like task and complete an Implicit Association Task (a computerized sorting activity). The study takes approximately one hour to complete. Researchers are currently recruiting socially anxious and non-anxious participants for this project. Everyone who completes the study will be compensated with class credit or $5 for their time. If you are interested, please contact Lauren Rothstein at laurena.rothstein@gmail.com.

Specific Phobia:

This study examines implicit cognitions in blood-injection-injury (BII)
phobia. Specificially, the study examines changes that occur in implicit cognitions after exposure to a disgust-eliciting stimulus, since previous research indicates that disgust plays a large role in the phobia. Our goal is to increase an understanding of the changes that can occur in cognitions after undergoing a behavioral task and to compare the differences between BII phobics and non-phobics. Participation in the in-person study will take approximately one hour to complete. For more information contact Natalie Rusch at nr6586a@american.edu.

In a follow-up study, we are looking at implicit associations of disgust in Blood-Injection-Injury (BII) Phobia one week after exposure to a disgust stimulus. Research has demonstrated that some individuals experience a return of symptoms following a fear exposure session. This study intends to assess the efficacy of disgust exposure by examining whether improvements in phobic responding are maintained at follow-up. For more information on this project, please contact Alanna Covington at em1156a@student.american.edu.