Introduction to the special section on cognitive bias modification in emotional disorders

J Abnorm Psychol. 2009 Feb;118(1):1-4. doi: 10.1037/a0014379.


Cognitive models of anxiety disorders and unipolar depression have postulated that selective information processing plays an important role in the development and maintenance of emotional psychopathology. Cognitive bias modification (CBM) procedures have recently been developed to test this theoretical claim. The purpose of this special section is to introduce the central ideas underlying CBM and to bring together the research that exemplifies the theoretical and clinical potential of the CBM approach.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Bias
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cognition Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Psychological Theory
  • Severity of Illness Index