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It is estimated that almost 10 percent of general population suffers from depression, but not everyone has access to effective treatments. Nowadays, depression is treated primarily with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. The effectiveness of these treatments is mainly dependant on patients’ motivation and engagement in the process of healing. Therefore, research into new and more effective ways of treatment is necessary. The research project led by Izabela Krejtz, Ph.D. will study the effectiveness of attention bias modification trainings in treating depressive disorders.

 

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Attentional bias modification and depressive disorders

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 392 880 PLN
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Duration of Research Project: 2012–2015

It is estimated that almost 10 percent of general population suffers from depression, but not everyone has access to effective treatments. Nowadays, depression is treated primarily with pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. The effectiveness of these treatments is mainly dependant on patients’ motivation and engagement in the process of healing. Therefore, research into new and more effective ways of treatment is necessary. The research project led by Izabela Krejtz, Ph.D. will study the effectiveness of attention bias modification trainings in treating depressive disorders.

Research objectives

The main aim of our research is to verify the basic concepts of cognitive psychopathology, which state that the attention biases are the underlying causes of depressive and anxiety disorders. The most significant cognitive theories imply that attention bias in the direction of negative stimuli, or a tendency to preferential processing of negative information, plays a central role in the development and the persistence of anxiety and depressive disorders.

Another important goal of our research is to estimate the effectiveness of attention bias modification trainings in treating depressive disorders.

The number of declining depressive symptoms will be measured with the help of a daily measure: the diary of daily events. Due to this tool, we will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of trainings in real life. In order to check the efficacy of measurement, additional tools will be used, such as questionnaires examining the levels of depression and anxiety before and after trainings and eye tracking data providing information on existing attention biases. Eye tracking will provide more objective data allowing the assessment of the level of modification generated by trainings.

The project supports research on depression and its treatment. Positive results will help to integrate trainings as a complementary tool for psychotherapeutic help for depressive patients.

Researchers

 

Assistant Professor 

Izabela Krejtz

Principal Investigator
Cognitive Psychologist 

ikrejtz@swps.edu.pl

258 john nezlek 

Professor 

John Nezlek

Professor of Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg VA, USA. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Psychology of SWPS University in Poznań

someone 

Doctor of Medical Sciences

Paweł Holas

Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, cognitive behavioral therapy supervisor, Assisstant Professor at the Medical University of Warsaw

 

 

Marzena Rusanowska, M.A.

 Ph.D. candidate at the Jagiellonian University, holds M.A. Degrees in Psychology and English Studies

Publications

  • Marzena Rusanowska, (2014). Attentional retraining in depressive disorders. Eye tracking research and applications symposium. Data konferencji: 26-28.03.2014, str. 381-382, miejsce wydania: ACM New York.

  • Nezlek J.B., Rusanowska M., Holas P., Krejtz I. (submitted). The Factor Structure of a Polish Language Version of the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS). Manuscript prepared for European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

  • Nezlek J., Holas P., Rusanowska M., Krejtz I. (12/2015). Being present in the moment: Event-level relationships between mindfulness and stress, positivity, and importance. Personality and Individual Differences. http://dxdoi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.11.031.

  • Szczepanik N., Szymczyk B., Rusanowska M., Holas P., Krejtz I., Nezlek J. (2015). Właściwości języka osób cierpiących na zaburzenia emocjonalne i osobowości – analiza treści opisów codziennych wydarzeń. Psychiatria i Psychoterapia.

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