For patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD), a recent study published in The Archives of General Psychiatry by researchers at MIT, has shown that it may now be possible to determine who will benefit most from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers compared brain activity before and after a course of CBT in patients who participated in a face activity task in which they were asked to look at angry or neutral faces. Patients who showed a greater difference in high-level visual processing areas were the most improved after CBT. Another study is planned for patients on medication with hopes for similar results.
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