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Social cognition in social anxiety: first evidence for increased empathic abilities.

  title={Social cognition in social anxiety: first evidence for increased empathic abilities.},
  author={Yasmin Tibi-Elhanany and Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory},
  journal={The Israel journal of psychiatry and related sciences},
  volume={48 2},
BACKGROUND Individuals with social phobia (SP) show sensitivity and attentiveness to other peoples states of mind. Although cognitive processes in SP have been extensively studied, these individuals social cognition characteristics have never been examined before. We hypothesized that high socially anxious individuals (HSA) may exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities. METHODS Empathy was assessed using self-rating scales in HSA individuals (n=21) and low socially anxious (LSA… 

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