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Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology - Vol. 39 , No. 1

[ Original Article ]
Korean Journal of Clinical Psychology - Vol. 39 , No. 1 , pp.36-44
ISSN: 2733-4538 (Online)
publication date 28 Feb 2020
Received 05 Nov 2019 Revised 02 Jan 2020 Accepted 18 Jan 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15842/kjcp.2020.39.1.004

A Preliminary Study on the Effect of Cognitive Bias Modification on the Attribution of Positive Social Outcomes in Socially Anxious Individuals
Sung Min ; Da Hye Hong ; Soo Hyun Park
Department of Psychology, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence to : Soo Hyun Park, Department of Psychology, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea; E-mail: parksoohyun@yonsei.ac.kr


© 2020 Korean Clinical Psychology Association

Abstract

Socially anxious individuals tend to disqualify positive social outcomes by attributing such outcomes to others rather than themselves. Previous research suggests that this tendency is a potentially important target of intervention. Thus, the present study aimed to examine the efficacy of cognitive bias modification (CBM) on attribution bias related to positive social outcomes among socially anxious individuals. A total of 159 undergraduate students were randomly assigned to the CBM or placebo group. Based on their level of social anxiety, participants were subsequently classified into either the high (n=75) or low social anxiety groups (n=18). Results showed that CBM was effective in reducing attribution bias related to positive social outcomes in socially anxious individuals. Social anxiety symptoms also diminished after the intervention. The findings of this study provide preliminary evidence regarding the efficacy of CBM for reducing attribution bias related to positive social outcomes and social anxiety.


Keywords: cognitive bias modification (CBM), attribution bias, disqualification of positive social outcomes, social anxiety

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