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Cogn Emot. 2017 Apr;31(3):625-631. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2015.1136270. Epub 2016 Jan 22.

Biased attention retraining in dysphoria: a failure to replicate.

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a Department of Clinical Psychology , University of Calgary , Calgary , Alberta , Canada.

Abstract

The present study replicated Wells and Beevers [(2010). Biased attention and dysphoria: Manipulating selective attention reduces subsequent depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotion, 24, 719-728] and examined the longitudinal effects of attentional retraining on symptoms of depression. Dysphoric undergraduate psychology students were randomly assigned into either a neutral or control training condition. Training was administered using a dot-probe task that presented participants with pairs of pictures (of sad and neutral content) that were followed by a probe that participants had to respond to. Training took place over four sessions during a two-week period, followed by a final follow-up session two weeks later. Mood was measured at baseline, post-training, and at follow-up. All participants showed a significant reduction in depressive symptoms throughout the study, F(1.7, 73.55)ā€‰=ā€‰21.19, pā€‰<ā€‰.001; but the attentional retraining did not demonstrate any advantage over the control condition. Results were inconsistent with those of Wells and Beevers [(2010). Biased attention and dysphoria: Manipulating selective attention reduces subsequent depressive symptoms. Cognition & Emotion, 24, 719-728]. Implications of the findings on research on attentional retraining in the context of depression are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

Depression; biased attention; information processing; training

PMID:
26799308
DOI:
10.1080/02699931.2015.1136270
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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