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Online cognitive bias modification
The internet offers a promising way to deliver therapeutic skills with lower barriers than in traditional clinic-based practice. Bethany Teachman describes a new program developed by her lab that seeks to train individuals to have more healthy (nonthreatening) interpretations of ambiguous stimuli. Individuals are presented with short scenarios via their computer, phone, or tablet; the descriptions include an ambiguous element that is resolved at the end of the description. The individual completes a word fragment in the scenario to “cement” the positive interpretation, then completes a comprehension question.
Internet-based programs such as this one, as well as more comprehensive programs ( see ) may help to provide critical, evidence-based skills to the millions of people worldwide who suffer from psychological disorders.
Teachman’s group is actively testing their interpretation training programs to help determine how the training works and for whom; participation is available at: https://mindtrails.virginia.edu