Gaze-Contingent Music Reward Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial

The American Journal of Psychiatry
Volume 174, Issue 7, July 01, 2017, pp. 649-656
Autores: Amit Lazarov, Ph.D., Daniel S. Pine, M.D., Yair Bar-Haim, Ph.D.

Patients with social anxiety disorder exhibit increased attentional dwelling on social threats, providing a viable target for therapeutics. This randomized controlled trial examined the efficacy of a novel gaze-contingent music reward therapy for social anxiety disorder designed to reduce attention dwelling on threats.

Forty patients with social anxiety disorder were randomly assigned to eight sessions of either gaze-contingent music reward therapy, designed to divert patients’ gaze toward neutral stimuli rather than threat stimuli, or to a control condition. Clinician and self-report measures of social anxiety were acquired pretreatment, posttreatment, and…

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