PATHWAY Study Protocol

The trial protocol for the PATHWAY study which is evaluating group-based metacognitive therapy for anxiety and depression in cardiac patients has recently been published in the Springer-Nature journal TRIALS. You…

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The effect of thought importance on stress responses

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…

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

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…

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Is a problem shared a problem doubled?

Dr Robin Bailey, a senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire wrote an article on co-rumination. Dr. Bailey highlighted the negative impacts of co-rumination and the benefits of theraputic…

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

Research Feature: Social Anxiety and Work Status: The Role of Negative Metacognitive Beliefs, Symptom Severity and Cognitive-Behavioural Factors (Nordahl & Wells, 2017) Psychological health has a profound effect on personal…

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Exciting study comparing MCT versus disorder-specific CBT

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…

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Multidimensional Scoring of MCQ-30

Research Feature: Multidimensional scoring of the MCQ-30 is supported in an independent study by Fergus and Bardeen but the total score is also useful. For the full paper on the…

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New evidence comparing the metacognitive model and cognitive behavioural therapy model for social anxiety disorder.

A recent study by Nordahl & Wells (2017) found that the metacognitive model that emphasised negative metacognitive beliefs about the uncontrollability and danger of thoughts and cognitive confidence was a significantly…

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Exciting research on cognitive & metacognitive predictors of symptom improvement in social anxiety disorder!

Exciting research on cognitive & metacognitive predictors of symptom improvement in social anxiety disorder! A recent study found that although both cognitive and metacognitive beliefs decreased throughout treatment in patients…

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Long term follow-up of generalized anxiety treated with MCT shows superiority over CBT is maintained

A 30-month follow-up study of patients treated with MCT or Intolerance of uncertainty therapy showed that both treatments maintained their gains but MCT remained superior statistically and clinically with patients…

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Can the metacognitive model of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and chronic worry in adults be applied to children?

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and University of Sussex report 2 studies in: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology that begin to answer this important question. The study…

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New Independent Study Finds Metacognitive Therapy to be More Effective in Treating Worry and Generalized Anxiety

A Dutch group of Clinical Psychologists have published the results of a large scale trial examining the effects of MCT when compared with a form of CBT in the treatment…

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