In a paper published recently in the journal Cognition and Emotion, Dr Tim Shore and colleagues describe research into the effectiveness of brief cognitive appraisal training in adolescents that was carried out as part of Tim's doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute.
Participants received a 15-minute training session designed to help them to understand the relationship between thoughts, emotions and physical sensations and to develop skills to change interpretations. They then underwent a fear-arousal task involving viewing distressed faces. Participants who had the appraisal training showed lower fear ratings compared to those who underwent a control task involving reading. The authors suggest that their results provide justification for further research into the effect of reappraisal training in young people with clinical anxiety problems.