Researchers at the University of Central Florida, saying “there are relatively few existing studies examining neuropsychological functioning in social phobia,” found no difference across nine domains of neuropsychological functioning between 25 individuals with a diagnosis of social phobia and 25 controls. “These findings suggest,” the authors state in PLoS One, published on August 3, “underlying neuropsychological deficits are not likely to account for the information processing biases observed in the empirical literature, and appear to be consistent with current theoretical models which argue for the specificity of these biases to social information.”
Article → Sutterby, S. Bedwell, J. “Lack of Neuropsychological Deficits in Generalized Social Phobia.” PLoS One, 7(8): e42675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042675
Note from Kermit Cole, “In the News” editor:
It’s tough to find studies that say that a psychological condition is NOT neurologically based. So here’s one.