Brain Scans Predict Outcome of Anxiety Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been a cornerstone of treating social anxiety disorders for decades. This form of therapy has helped countless people cope with their anxiety, however, predicting the success of the treatment is rather hard, given the individual variance between patience. A study by researchers from MIT, Boston University and Massachusetts General Hospital say they can predict how effective this form of therapy will be on patience simply by looking at fMRI scans of their brains while they view images of angry and neutral faces.

Effectiveness of Social Anxiety Therapy Can Be Predicted by Brain

The post was written by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Marie Cheour. Dr. Cheour has worked as a Professor of both Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Miami where she received a 2002 Research Award, as a Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Turko in Finland, and as the Head of the Developmental Brain Research Laboratory, Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU), at the University of Helsinki.