Autobiographical memory biases in social anxiety

Morgan, Julie (2010) Autobiographical memory biases in social anxiety Clinical Psychology Review, 30 (3). pp. 288-297. ISSN 0272-7358

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Individuals with social anxiety preferentially attend to threatening social information during and following social events. As such, cognitive models predict that social anxiety should be associated with biases in the recall of social events. However, initial experimental studies examining this assumption either failed to find such biases or found only weak evidence for an autobiographical memory bias. The current review examines an emerging line of evidence offering support for the role of an autobiographical memory bias in the development and maintenance of social anxiety. The review begins by examining current theoretical approaches to autobiographical memory before looking at empirical studies that have examined differences between socially anxious and non-anxious individuals in the recall of autobiographical memories. Specific memory biases include properties of social-threat memories, the imagery associated with these memories, and the cognitive processing styles that have been found to either facilitate or inhibit the recall of emotional memories. Limitations in methodologies used to study retrieval of memories and the implications of findings for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2012 Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords: social anxiety; social phobia; autobiographical memory; cognitive biases
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/j.cpr.2009.12.003
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 29 May 2012 10:49
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01

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