A quantitative meta-analysis of fMRI studies investigating emotional processing in excessive worriers: Application of activation likelihood estimation analysis.


Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Science, Medical School Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology, School of Science, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden Germany. Electronic address: [Email]


Excessive worry is a highly impairing cognitive activity which features a range of psychological disorders. Investigations of its disturbed underlying neural mechanisms have presented largely heterogeneous results. This quantitative neuroimaging meta-analysis aims to identify consistent functional disturbances in emotional processing associated with excessive worry across previously published studies.


ALE meta-analysis,Anxiety,FMRI,Functional networks,Speech,Worry,