Post-Event Processing and Interpretations of Social Situations(Brief Notes)

    Graduate School of Human Sciences Waseda University:The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • SHIMADA Hironori
    Faculty of Human Sciences Waseda University

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  • Post-Event Processingが社会的場面における解釈に及ぼす影響(資料)


The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between post-event processing (PEP) and interpretations of social situations. These cognitive variables have been said to function to maintain social anxiety. Undergraduates (N =12) were divided into high and low social anxiety groups, and asked to perform a speech task. They were then requested to make open-ended responses about the behavior of the audience, unaware that the audience had acted in accord with instructions from the researchers. Three days later, the participants were again asked to give open-ended responses about the behavior of the audience, and also completed the Post-Event Processing Questionnaire (PEPQ) . The results of an ANCOVA for social anxiety x time, controlling for the effects of depression, revealed a significant interaction in the probability of occurrence of negative interpretations, which indicates that the negative interpretations of the actions of the audience by the group with high social anxiety increased over time, whereas, in contrast, the negative interpretations by the group with low social anxiety decreased over time. The results also suggested that the participants with high social anxiety were more likely to engage in post-event processing than were those with low social anxiety.


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