Niacin biological challenge: A paradigm to evaluate social concerns.


Department of Psychology, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 45701, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Anxiety sensitivity (AS) social concerns, the fear of observable anxiety symptoms is posited as a risk factor for social anxiety by increasing fear reactivity in social situations when observable anxiety symptoms are present. Experimental evaluation of AS social concerns is limited. The current study utilized several manipulations designed to be relevant to AS social concerns or fear of negative evaluation (FNE), a distinct social anxiety risk factor. The effects of these manipulations on fear reactivity to a speech were examined.


Anxiety sensitivity,Biological challenge task,Fear of negative evaluation,Panic symptoms,

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