Negative interpretation biases precede the onset of psychosis

Jenny Yiend, Paul Allen, Natalie Lopez, Irina Falkenberg, Huai-Hsuan Tseng, Philip McGuire

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This study investigated whether a negative interpretation bias was present in people at high risk for psychosis. People with an At Risk Mental State (ARMS) (n = 21), patients with First Episode Psychosis (FEP) (n = 20), and healthy controls (n = 20) performed three tasks, each of which was designed to measure interpretation bias. Both ARMS and FEP participants showed an attenuated positive bias compared to controls. These findings extend previous results investigating interpretation bias in psychosis by showing that interpretative biases are present before the onset of psychosis, and could therefore contribute to its development. Biased interpretation mechanisms could be a new target for clinical intervention in the early phase of psychosis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBehavior Therapy
Early online date23 Nov 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Nov 2018


  • interpretation bias
  • psychosis
  • at risk mental state
  • cognitive vulnerability


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