Attention Bias Modification for Anxiety and Phobias: Current Status and Future Directions

  • Kuckertz J
  • Amir N
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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Attention bias modification (ABM) was introduced over a decade ago as a computerized method of manipulating attentional bias and has been followed by intense interest in applying ABM for clinical purposes. While meta-analyses support ABM as a method of modifying attentional biases and reducing anxiety symptoms, there have been notable discrepancies in findings published within the last several years. In this review, we comment on recent research that may help explain some of the inconsistencies across ABM studies. More relevant to the future of ABM research, we highlight areas in which continuing research is needed. We suggest that ABM appears to be a promising treatment for anxiety disorders, but relative to other interventions, ABM is in its infancy. Thus, research is needed in order to improve ABM as a clinical treatment and advance the psychological science of ABM.

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  • Anxiety
  • Attention bias modification
  • Attentional bias
  • Mechanisms

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  • J.M. Kuckertz

  • N. Amir

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