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The effect of thought importance on stress responses

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:24 -- loracapo

Capobianco, Morrison & Wells (2017) conducted an experimental manipulation of negative metacognitive beliefs to evaluate the effect of thought importance (negative metacognitive belief) on stress responses. All participants underwent a fake EEG where they were told that the EEG would detect negative thoughts. The experimental subjects were informed that if they had a negative thought they may be exposed to a contingent burst of loud noise, while the control condition was told that they may be exposed to a burst of loud noise at random.

Metacognitive Therapy or Metacognitive training: What's in a name?

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:21 -- loracapo

Capobianco & Wells (2017) recently wrote a letter to the editor regarding the importance of labelling psychological therapies appropriately, in particular the use of metacognitive therapy (MCT; Wells, 2000) and metacognitive training (MCT+; Moritz, Veckenstedt, Bohn,Köther, Woodward, 2013). The authors raise the importance of not intermixing titles of psychological therapies when the treatments are different as it can lead to confusion for not only researchers but patients as well.

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) vs Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 14:16 -- loracapo

The most common treatment approaches for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).Although both treatments have shown to be effective for PTSD approximately 30-45% of patients show no significant improvements. Therefore, further improvement can be made to treating PTSD. Nordahl, Halvorsen, Hjemdal, Ternava & Wells (2018) will be conducting a randomized superiority trial comparing MCT vs EMDR for PTSD.

Metacognitive Therapy versus Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:00 -- loracapo

Capobianco, Reeves, Morrison & Wells (2017) coducted a feasibility trial comparing group metacognitive therapy (MCT)  versus mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) in a transdiagnostic group. Patients were randomly assigned to either eight weeks of group MCT or eight weeks of MBSR.Both treatments were found to be acceptable and feasible however preliminary analyses indicate that MCT may be more effective than MBSR in a transdiagnostic sample, however a larger, definitive trial is required.

New study investigating the role of Metacognitive Beliefs, Symptom Severity, and Cognitive Behavioural Factors in Social Anxiety & Work Status

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:16 -- loracapo

Research Feature: Social Anxiety and Work Status: The Role of Negative Metacognitive Beliefs, Symptom Severity and Cognitive-Behavioural Factors (Nordahl & Wells, 2017)


Exciting study comparing MCT versus disorder-specific CBT

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 19:15 -- loracapo

Research Feature: A recent study compared Metacognitive therapy versus disorder-specific CBT for comorbid anxiety disorders. Johnson, Hoffart, Nordahl, and Wampold (2017) found that both treatments were effective for patients with comorbid anxiety disorders however MCT may have more rapid effects on anxiety symptoms in comorbid anxiety disorders!


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