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Bias Blaster: A Game to Beat Interpretation Bias in Psychosis
Lian van der Krieke, Ph.D.; Nynke Boonstra, Ph.D.; Aaltsje Malda, M.Sc.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.650701
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Dr. Van der Krieke is with the University Center for Psychiatry, University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands (e-mail: j.a.j.van.der.krieke@umcg.nl). Dr. Boonstra is with GGZ Friesland and the NHL University of Applied Sciences. Ms. Malda is with GGZ Friesland.

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

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People with psychotic disorders often suffer from social anxiety and self-stigmatization. Various interventions have been developed to tackle these problems, with varying effects. A promising new method is cognitive bias modification (CBM), a type of therapeutic training that targets and ultimately aims to modify harmful cognitive biases to provide a “cognitive vaccine” against negative appraisals. Research has shown that CBM training is effective in decreasing social anxiety among healthy persons with mild anxiety problems. Preliminary research results show that CBM is also a promising intervention for treating social anxiety and self-deprecating thoughts among patients suffering from psychosis. However, CBM training traditionally is a repetitive and boring computer task, and engaging patients to participate can be difficult.

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