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Title: The role of inferential confusion in social anxiety: a quasi-experimental study
Author: Jensch , Graham
ISNI:       0000 0004 5356 6075
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2014
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Inferential confusion is a reasoning process observed in obsessive compulsive disorder (OeD) which is defined by a distrust of reality-based information in favour of imagined possibilities. Studies have shown inflated self-reported inferential confusion in mixed-anxiety populations. The current study hypothesised that individuals high in social anxiety (RSA) would be more influenced by possibilitybased information than those low in social anxiety (LSA). 1.2 DESIGN A quasi-experimental design was utilised. Participants completed the Inference Processes Task (IPT) that required them to make probability-based judgements (inferences) based upon possibility- and reality-based information for situations that typically trigger worries regarding social anxiety, OeD, and non-disorder based scenarios. Participants also completed self-report measures of social anxiety, inferential confusion, OeD symptoms, and general distress. 1.3 PARTICIPANTS On the basis of a self-report measure of social anxiety, participants were classified as either high (n = 102) or low (n = 68) in social anxiety. Participants were recruited using online advertisements on internet forums and social media websites.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psychol.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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