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Social anxiety is highly prevalent and disabling, which is also the case in Japan. Indeed, recent meta-analysis has revealed individuals living in Asian countries exhibit higher levels of social anxiety than those in European countries (Woody et al., 2015). In addition, a particularly prevalent form of social anxiety, "taijin kyofusho," is a Japanese culture-specific syndrome listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (APA, 2013). Thus, especially in Japan, more research attention should be given to social anxiety. In this thematic session, we introduce cutting-edge research on social anxiety conducted in Japan. Each speaker will introduce their research from different perspectives, including information processing, psychoneuroendocrinology, and Relational Frame Theory.
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