Cognitive processing and cortisol responses in social anxiety

[Speaker] Maeda, Shunta:1
[Co-author] Shimada, Hironori:2
1:Graduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan), 2:Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Cortisol, a final effector of the HPA axis, plays a central role in regulating psychological functions, such as cognition and behavior. In particular, the relationship between cortisol responses in social anxiety, which is characterized by heightened fear of social situations, has been extensively investigated. However, the findings are still inconsistent with those of multiple studies that revealed contrasting results. In this session, we try to summarize recent findings in this field of research, including findings from studies conducted in Japan. We also discuss future prospects in this field by focusing particularly on the bi-directional relationship between cognitive processing and cortisol responses.
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