Does social anxiety alter social cognitive processing?

Psychological scientists who study social cognition typically study clinical groups with well established social cognitive impairments such as as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Schizophrenia. For this reason, the more subtle social cognitive disturbances that are characteristic of individuals with higher levels of anxiety and depression often get overlooked.

We are analyzing data from from a recent study that includes samples from SMU, Boston University, and Amazon MTurk, that examines the relationship between social anxiety and social cognition. Specifically, we are examining associations between social anxiety and empathic accuracy across several different types of empathic accuracy tasks.