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Release: March 3, 1999

UI researcher seeks participants for study of social anxiety, panic attacks

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men and women ages 18 and older who experience either social anxiety or recurrent panic attacks are invited to participate in a University of Iowa study investigating the nature of these difficulties. Social anxiety is a difficulty characterized by significant fear and avoidance of social or evaluative situations, and panic attacks often result in distress, worry, and/or significant disruptions in behavior.

The goal of this study is to identify thought patterns that serve to maintain and exacerbate anxiety. The study results may have implications for techniques used in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, the most common psychological intervention for anxiety.

Volunteers should have no other depression, anxiety, or substance abuse problems. Subjects will be asked to participate in one three-hour experiment session. Compensation is available.

UI Ph.D. candidate Amy Wenzel will conduct the study under the supervision of Craig S. Hold, a UI associate clinical professor of psychology and psychiatry. It is funded by the American Psychological Foundation and the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology.

For more information, contact Wenzel by email,, or by telephone, (319) 335-2464.