Matt Judah to Speak on Attention in Social Anxiety Disorder and Depression on Thursday
The UA Integrative Systems Neuroscience Seminar Series will welcome Matt Judah, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Science, to speak on "Attention in Social Anxiety Disorder and Depression: Insights from Evoked Brain Responses." The seminar will take place at noon CST on Thursday, March 11.
Social anxiety disorder and depression are thought to involve biased attention. For example, social anxiety may be associated with paying more attention to negative facial expressions. Depression may be associated with less attention to reward. Such biases in attention are thought to maintain symptoms, such as negative thoughts and avoidance. The presentation will describe the history of research examining biased attention in social anxiety disorder and depression. The speaker will present research using evoked brain responses as a window to understanding biased attention. Implications for social anxiety disorder and depression, as well as treatment, will be discussed.
Judah leads the Cognition of Depression and Anxiety (CODA) Lab in the Department of Psychological Science (judahlab.uark.edu). Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, he conducted research at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
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