Clinical Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Cognitive Vulnerability to Anxiety Lab

Dr. John Riskind and his graduate and undergraduate assistants are currently working on several different projects.  A major thrust of the research is to develop a better understanding of cognitive vulnerability and mechanisms for anxiety and anxiety disorders.  Riskind’s “looming vulnerability” model assumes that cognitively vulnerable individuals have a tendency to perceive threats as rapidly escalating and coming closer in space and time.  The research is also focused on the role of cognitive vulnerabilities in biased information-processing and in several areas related to anxiety, including stress generation, suicidality, and the intergenerational transmission of anxiety.  Several studies in another recent line of research are underway that examine embodied cognition as it relates to cognitive clinical processes.  The goal of this research is to determine whether negative cognitions are grounded in bodily states of posture, movement and perception, as has been increasingly demonstrated for cognition in the social cognitive and cognitive psychology literatures.

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