Detection of negative and positive audience behaviours by socially anxious subjects

Kathy Ann Veljaca, Ronald M. Rapee*

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    Abstract

    Nineteen subjects high in social anxiety and 20 subjects low in social anxiety were asked to give a 5-min speech in front of three audience members. Audience members were trained to provide indictators of positive evaluation (e.g. smiles) and negative evaluation (e.g. frowns) at irregular intervals during the speech. Subjects were instructed to indicate, by depressing one of two buttons, when they detected either positive or negative behaviours. Results indicated that subjects high in social anxiety were both more accurate at, and had a more liberal criterion for, detecting negative audience behaviours while subjects low in social anxiety were more accurate at detecting positive audience behaviours.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)311-321
    Number of pages11
    JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
    Volume36
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998

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