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Safety Behaviors in Social Anxiety

From PsychologyToday People with anxiety often perform "safety behaviors" during anxiety provoking situations. These safety behaviors make the person feel more comfortable in the situation by providing temporary relief from anxiety. However, safety behaviors have been...

Fear of Positive Evaluation

From PsychologyToday Social Anxiety Disorderis usually characterized by a fear of negative evaluation. People with social anxiety are very worried about being judged negatively. This fear is the reason that people with social anxiety often avoid social situations....

Hurricane Anxiety

Here is an excerpt of an article in the New Orleans paper Times-Picaune: Productive worrying Hurricanes may stress us out, but they can also spotlight our strengths Friday, September 12, 2008By Chris Bynum Stress. Tension. Anxiety. Why don't we just call it what it...

Predictable Irrational

Here is an excerpt from John Tierney discussing experiments described in Dan Ariely's new book, Predictably Irrational. In a series of experiments, hundreds of students could not bear to let their options vanish . . . .They played a computer game that paid real cash...

Perception of the size of a golf hole

Here is an excerpt from PsyBlog discussing how perception is affected. Our lab is currently doing research on how fear can affect perception.Jessica K. Witt, an assistant professor at Purdue University, found that golfers who play well are more likely to actually see...

Affective Forecasting vs. Cognitive Dissonance

Here is an excerpt from an article describing an interview with Steven Pinker. Of note, is how Pinker paid attention to our deficits in affective forecasting (our ability to predict our future happiness) and forgot to pay attention to cognitive dissonance (how we tend...

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