Social Phobia is Not a Neuropsychological Deficit

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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.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]