Biased interpretation of ambiguity in depression and anxiety: Interactions with attention, memory, and cognitive control processes

J. Everaert*, S. Struyf, E.H.W. Koster

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Abstract

Research on interpretation biases has made important progress in elucidating its nature and role as a potential vulnerability factor for depression and anxiety. To date, the specific mechanisms that are potentially underlying this higher-level cognitive operation of interpreting ambiguity remain understudied and poorly understood. Indeed, mood-congruent biases in attention allocation and memory retrieval as well as cognitive control operations when processing emotional information may contribute to the skewed generation and selection of interpretations in the face of ambiguity. This chapter reviews theoretical models and current empirical research on potential interactions between interpretation bias and emotional biases in attention, memory, and cognitive control. The chapter concludes by outlining directions for future research to advance research in this emerging area of interest.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterpretational processing biases in emotional psychopathology
Subtitle of host publicationFrom experimental investigation to clinical practice
EditorsM.L. Woud
PublisherSpringer
Chapter5
Pages79-96
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-23649-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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