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CBM-I in socially anxious individuals:

the role of expectancy effects

This is a randomised controlled trial aiming to examine the role of expectancy effects on the efficacy of cognitive bias modification of interpretations (CBM-I) training for people with higher levels of social anxiety. CBM-I training has yielded mixed results in previous studies, ranging from significantly reducing anxiety symptoms to having small to no difference when compared to placebo interventions. 

It has been suggested that the expectations of participants undergoing the training could have an impact on its efficacy, with positive expectations potentially boosting the efficacy of the intervention. This study is the third one in a series examining this hypothesis and it aims to recruit the largest sample yet. The recruitment will largely be executed online, and the CBM-I training will take place in the laboratory at the LMU Department of Psychology. A 2x2 design will be incorporated comparing interpretation bias and anxiety symptomatic across (1) training condition (CBM-I or placebo) and (2) expectation induced (positive or neutral).