Gaze perception in social anxiety and social anxiety disorder

Schulze, Lars; Renneberg, Babette; Lobmaier, Janek S. (2013). Gaze perception in social anxiety and social anxiety disorder. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7(872), p. 872. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00872

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Clinical observations suggest abnormal gaze perception to be an important indicator of social anxiety disorder (SAD). Experimental research has yet paid relatively little attention to the study of gaze perception in SAD. In this article we first discuss gaze perception in healthy human beings before reviewing self-referential and threat-related biases of gaze perception in clinical and non-clinical socially anxious samples. Relative to controls, socially anxious individuals exhibit an enhanced self-directed perception of gaze directions and demonstrate a pronounced fear of direct eye contact, though findings are less consistent regarding the avoidance of mutual gaze in SAD. Prospects for future research and clinical implications are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology > Biologische Psychologie (SNF)

UniBE Contributor:

Lobmaier, Janek

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1662-5161

Publisher:

Frontiers Research Foundation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Janek Lobmaier

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2014 16:36

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 01:48

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fnhum.2013.00872

PubMed ID:

24379776

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44474

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44474

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