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Department of Psychology Clinical Seminar

Monday, January 29, 2018,

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  • Location: School of Engineering, Featheringill Hall, Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium - 134
  • Room: 134 Featheringill

Benjamin Buck, Ph.D.

Doctoral Candidate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Doctoral Intern, Puget Sound VA Health Care System


 Guest of the Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt University

Toward a cognitive etiology of paranoia: Examining attribution processes

Paranoia involves aberrant interpretation of the thoughts, actions and intentions of others. The development of interventions that address persecutory ideation depends on models of the cognitive biases that lead to its emergence and maintenance. In this presentation, I will discuss my program of research on attribution biases in paranoia, with a focus on the development of a process model of biased social cognition in psychosis. First, I will provide an overview of attribution biases involved in emergence and maintenance of paranoia and their relationships to neurocognition, symptoms and functioning. Next, I will present a series of findings evaluating assessment tools designed to measure these biases. I will then discuss my application of dual process paradigms from social psychology to illuminate how these biases may emerge in response to environmental stressors. Finally, I will describe my current and future research, including the deployment of innovative technologies to better assess, predict, prevent and treat paranoia.


Monday, January 29th, 2018

4:10 pm

134 Featheringill Hall (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)    


For additional information, contact jennifer.lass@vanderbilt.edu