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Development of Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) Tools to Promote Adjustment During Reintegration Following Deployment

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Annual rept. 15 Oct 2013-14 Oct 2014

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The overarching goal of the grant is to develop valid and reliable computerized tools to measure and modify anger-related cognitive biases and ultimately to examine their efficiency in reducing anger and adjustment difficulties among soldiers. The first aim of the research, addressed in Study 1, was to measure the associations between state and trait anger and biases in anger-related attention and interpretation. This aim was addressed in study 1 reported in the previous annual report. During the past year analysis of data from study 1 has been expanded by applying a theoretically-driven indirect analysis, which revealed evidence for a sequential indirect effect of attention bias on anger-related measures, via anger-related interpretation and response biases. A scientific paper based on these findings has been submitted for publication and is currently under review. In the past year study 6 of the grant has been performed - 80 participants with high trait anger scores have participated in the study at TAU. A mirror study via collaboration with Bristol University is running the same protocol as the one we ran at TAU, thus could fortify, enhance, and increase generalization of the findings. The Bristol study is not related to the current funding. During the next academic year we plan to conduct study 5 of the grant focusing on attention bias modification trial designed to reduce attention bias toward threatangry faces.

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  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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