Information-Processing Biases in Depression and Anxiety

Children and adults diagnosed with clinical depression or anxiety have been found to exhibit biases in their processing of emotional information, particularly when they are in the midst of a significant episode of the disorder. The causal status and functional significance of these biases in precipitating and maintaining depression and anxiety is not yet clear. One major aim of our research is to examine the role of these maladaptive forms of information processing, assessed both in the laboratory and in day-to-day experience, in the onset and maintenance of episodes of depression and anxiety, and in recovery from these disorders.