Nader Amir

Summary

Affiliation: San Diego State University
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc The effect of single-session interpretation modification on attention bias in socially anxious individuals
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, United States
    J Anxiety Disord 24:178-82. 2010
  2. pmc Combining computerized home-based treatments for generalized anxiety disorder: an attention modification program and cognitive behavioral therapy
    Nader Amir
    Program in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    Behav Ther 43:546-59. 2012
  3. pmc The effect of modifying automatic action tendencies on overt avoidance behaviors
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    Emotion 13:478-84. 2013
  4. pmc Interpretation training in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder: a randomized controlled trial
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University
    J Consult Clin Psychol 80:497-511. 2012
  5. pmc Predictors of response to an attention modification program in generalized social phobia
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 79:533-41. 2011
  6. pmc Working memory capacity in generalized social phobia
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 120:504-9. 2011
  7. pmc Attention training in individuals with generalized social phobia: A randomized controlled trial
    Nader Amir
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 77:961-73. 2009
  8. pmc Temporal allocation of attention toward threat in individuals with posttraumatic stress symptoms
    Nader Amir
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Anxiety Disord 23:1080-5. 2009
  9. pmc The effect of a single-session attention modification program on response to a public-speaking challenge in socially anxious individuals
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, 6386 Alvarado Court, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 117:860-8. 2008
  10. pmc Attention modification program in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 118:28-33. 2009

Detail Information

Publications30

  1. pmc The effect of single-session interpretation modification on attention bias in socially anxious individuals
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, United States
    J Anxiety Disord 24:178-82. 2010
    ..These results are consistent with the hypothesis that information processing biases in anxious individuals may share a common mechanism that may contribute to the maintenance of anxiety...
  2. pmc Combining computerized home-based treatments for generalized anxiety disorder: an attention modification program and cognitive behavioral therapy
    Nader Amir
    Program in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    Behav Ther 43:546-59. 2012
    ..2006). These results suggest that computer-delivered AMP+CCBT may serve as an effective and easily accessible treatment option for individuals with GAD...
  3. pmc The effect of modifying automatic action tendencies on overt avoidance behaviors
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    Emotion 13:478-84. 2013
    ..Our results suggest that automatic action tendencies may play an important role in the maintenance of fear-related behavioral avoidance...
  4. pmc Interpretation training in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder: a randomized controlled trial
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University
    J Consult Clin Psychol 80:497-511. 2012
    ..To examine the efficacy of a multisession computerized interpretation modification program (IMP) in the treatment of generalized social anxiety disorder (GSAD)...
  5. pmc Predictors of response to an attention modification program in generalized social phobia
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 79:533-41. 2011
    ..In this study we examined patient characteristics that predicted response to AMP in a large sample of individuals diagnosed with generalized social phobia...
  6. pmc Working memory capacity in generalized social phobia
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 120:504-9. 2011
    ..This enhanced working memory capacity for threat-relevant information may be the result of practice with this information in generalized social phobia...
  7. pmc Attention training in individuals with generalized social phobia: A randomized controlled trial
    Nader Amir
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 77:961-73. 2009
    ..Symptom reduction in the AMP group was maintained during 4-month follow-up assessment. These results suggest that computerized attention training procedures may be beneficial for treating social phobia...
  8. pmc Temporal allocation of attention toward threat in individuals with posttraumatic stress symptoms
    Nader Amir
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Anxiety Disord 23:1080-5. 2009
    ..These results suggest that individuals with PTSD may process trauma-relevant information more rapidly and efficiently than benign information...
  9. pmc The effect of a single-session attention modification program on response to a public-speaking challenge in socially anxious individuals
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, 6386 Alvarado Court, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 117:860-8. 2008
    ..Moreover, blind raters judged the speeches of those in the AMP group as better than those in the ACC group. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that attention plays a causal role in the maintenance of social anxiety...
  10. pmc Attention modification program in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 118:28-33. 2009
    ..These effects were not present in the ACC group. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that attention plays a causal role in the maintenance of GAD and suggest that altering attention mechanisms may effectively reduce anxiety...
  11. pmc The effect of retrieval on recall of information in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder
    Nader Amir
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, CA 92120 4913, USA
    J Anxiety Disord 23:535-40. 2009
    ..These findings are consistent with research indicating that individuals with PTSD may derive less benefit from rehearsal and display general inhibitory difficulties when compared to non-traumatized controls...
  12. pmc Threat processing in obsessive-compulsive disorder: evidence from a modified negative priming task
    Nader Amir
    San Diego State University, Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Behav Res Ther 46:728-36. 2008
    ..These results suggest that for idiographic, OCD-relevant threat information, individuals with OCD show difficulty learning the contingency between the information in the prime and probe displays relative to the NACs...
  13. pmc Lack of a benign interpretation bias in social anxiety disorder
    Nader Amir
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Cogn Behav Ther 41:119-29. 2012
    ..Our results, when taken together, clearly implicate the role of reduced bias toward benign information in SAD...
  14. pmc Modifying automatic approach action tendencies in individuals with elevated social anxiety symptoms
    Charles T Taylor
    Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, CA 92120, United States
    Behav Res Ther 50:529-36. 2012
    ..These findings suggest that modifying automatic approach tendencies may facilitate engagement in the types of social approach behaviors that are important for relationship development...
  15. doi request reprint Attention training for reducing spider fear in spider-fearful individuals
    Hannah E Reese
    Department of Psychology, Harvard University, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
    J Anxiety Disord 24:657-62. 2010
    ..Alternatively, attention training may be an unsuitable intervention for spider fear...
  16. doi request reprint Attentional bias away from positive social information mediates the link between social anxiety and anxiety vulnerability to a social stressor
    Charles T Taylor
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    J Anxiety Disord 24:403-8. 2010
    ..The current findings add to a nascent empirical literature suggesting that aberrant processing of positive social information may contribute to the persistence of excessive social anxiety...
  17. pmc Attenuation of attention bias in obsessive-compulsive disorder
    Nader Amir
    San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 6386 Alvarado Court, Suite 301, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Behav Res Ther 47:153-7. 2009
    ..A comparison of early and late blocks of trials revealed an attenuation of attention bias in individuals with OC symptoms, potentially reflecting habituation to threatening information over the course of the experiment...
  18. pmc Attentional impairment in anxiety: inefficiency in expanding the scope of attention
    Sadia Najmi
    Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA 92120, USA
    Depress Anxiety 29:243-9. 2012
    ..Research suggests, however, that this ability is compromised by anxiety such that anxiety results in narrowing the focus of visual attention...
  19. pmc Malleability of attentional bias for positive emotional information and anxiety vulnerability
    Charles T Taylor
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University, CA, USA
    Emotion 11:127-38. 2011
    ..The current findings point to the potential value of considering the role of positive emotional processing in anxiety vulnerability...
  20. pmc Automatic avoidance tendencies in individuals with contamination-related obsessive-compulsive symptoms
    Sadia Najmi
    Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA
    Behav Res Ther 48:1058-62. 2010
    ..Thus, our results validate the use of the AAT as a measure of inhibited and uninhibited automatic avoidance reactions to emotional information in individuals with contamination-related obsessive-compulsive symptoms...
  21. pmc A multi-session interpretation modification program: changes in interpretation and social anxiety symptoms
    Courtney Beard
    Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
    Behav Res Ther 46:1135-41. 2008
    ..Moreover, changes in benign interpretation mediated IMP's effect on social anxiety. This initial trial suggests that interpretation modification may have clinical utility when applied as a multi-session intervention...
  22. doi request reprint Threat-related processing supports prospective memory retrieval for people with obsessive tendencies
    Richard L Marsh
    Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 3013, USA
    Memory 17:679-86. 2009
    ..Thus, their normal attentional bias for extended processing of threat-related information overcame their natural deficit in event-based prospective memory...
  23. ncbi request reprint Increased activation of the anterior cingulate cortex during processing of disgust faces in individuals with social phobia
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602 3013, USA
    Biol Psychiatry 57:975-81. 2005
    ..These studies have focused mostly on the activation of the amygdala. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) also has been implicated in processing emotional information, but its role in social phobia has not been examined...
  24. pmc The effect of attention training on a behavioral test of contamination fears in individuals with subclinical obsessive-compulsive symptoms
    Sadia Najmi
    Joint Doctoral Program, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 119:136-42. 2010
    ..Our results suggest that attention disengagement training may facilitate approaching feared objects in individuals with obsessive-compulsive symptoms...
  25. ncbi request reprint Resolving ambiguity: the effect of experience on interpretation of ambiguous events in generalized social phobia
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30606, USA
    J Abnorm Psychol 114:402-8. 2005
    ..GSP participants did not show this pattern in learning a nonthreat meaning of a homograph. These results support the hypothesis that a faulty learning mechanism may be involved in social anxiety...
  26. pmc The relationship between cognitive control and posttraumatic stress symptoms
    Jessica Bomyea
    San Diego State University University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, USA
    J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry 43:844-8. 2012
    ..By this account, the relationship between cognitive control and emotional disorders would be specific to symptoms associated with intrusive cognitions, such as re-experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...
  27. doi request reprint A case series of attention modification in clinically anxious youths
    Michelle Rozenman
    SDSU UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA 92120 4913, USA
    Behav Res Ther 49:324-30. 2011
    ..AMP was feasible with youths, and all youths and parents deemed the program acceptable. These findings provide support for further research on the use of cognitive bias modification interventions with clinically anxious youths...
  28. doi request reprint A pilot study evaluating a one-session attention modification training to decrease overeating in obese children
    Kerri N Boutelle
    Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0874, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States Electronic address
    Appetite 76:180-5. 2014
    ..178-.527). This is the first study to demonstrate that an AMP program can influence eating in obese children. Larger studies are needed to replicate and extend these results. ..
  29. doi request reprint Moderation and mediation of the effect of attention training in social anxiety disorder
    Jennie M Kuckertz
    Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
    Behav Res Ther 53:30-40. 2014
    ..These results suggest the importance of interpreting findings related to symptom change in attention training studies in the context of bias effects. Trial registration: ISRCTN01715124. ..
  30. doi request reprint Correction to amir and taylor (2012)
    Nader Amir
    Department of Psychology, San Diego State University
    J Consult Clin Psychol 81:74. 2013
    ..training in individuals with generalized social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial" by Nader Amir and Charles T. Taylor (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2012[Jun], Vol 80[3], 497-511)...

Research Grants5

  1. Attention Disengagement Training for Social Phobia
    Nader Amir; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..2) Individuals with GSP completing ADT will show a larger reduction in their self-report of social anxiety symptoms compared to the placebo group. ..
  2. Attention Training and Relaxation for GAD: Testing the Efficacy of Home-Delivery
    Nader Amir; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..e., attention training and applied relaxation). ..
  3. Interpretation Modification Program for Social Phobia
    Nader Amir; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..2000) and 40% of individuals who present for treatment do not respond (39%, Heimberg, et al., 1998; 42%, Liebowitz et al., 2005). The goal of this project is develop and test a new computerized treatment for social phobia. ..