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Does visual scanpath reflect self-focused and other-focused attention, a maintenance factor of social anxiety?

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posted on 2019-09-25, 20:30 authored by Nozomi TomitaNozomi Tomita, Ayumi Minamide, Hiroaki Kumano

Social anxiety disorder has two critical attentional processes, self-focused attention (SFA) and other-focused attention (OFA). These biases are caused by two psychological aspects: Strategies known as positive metacognitive beliefs and negative metacognitive beliefs. A method in which the occurrence of OFA is predicted by eye movement has been proposed. However, few studies have investigated the relationship between SFA and changes of eye movement. The relationship between the degree of SFA and OFA during speech and eye movements was investigated in this study, based on the psychosomatic relationship in which eye movements reflect psychological changes.


JSPS KAKENHI under Grant JP19K21009, JP18H05817, JP17J10711 to N.T., and JP16K04389 to H.K.; and a Research Grant for Public Health Science awarded to N.T.


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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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  • Japan

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Faculty 4-yr College

Lead author institution

Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University

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  • Yes

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Written informed consent was obtained from all participants. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee (the Ethics Review Committee on Research with Human Subjects, 2015-196) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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