Memory bias in social phobia

Ronald M. Rapee*, Sharon L. McCallum, Lynda F. Melville, Heidi Ravenscroft, Jan M. Rodney

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To examine memory bias for social threat in social phobics, four studies are reported in which social phobic and nonclinical Ss are compared on their retrieval of threat-relevant information. Study 1 measured standard recall and recognition of threat, neutral, and positive words, while Study 2 assessed retrieval of these words through implicit and explicit tasks. The two final studies attempted to increase the validity of the procedures. Study 3 examined recall of feedback in a hypothetical public performance task and Study 4 examined autobiographical memory for social and neutral situations. All four studies consistently failed to find any evidence for biased retrieval processes in social phobics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-99
Number of pages11
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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    Rapee, R. M., McCallum, S. L., Melville, L. F., Ravenscroft, H., & Rodney, J. M. (1994). Memory bias in social phobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 32(1), 89-99.