Psychological And Neurobiological Models Of Anxiety

958 Words Mar 18th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the next major questions that psychologists should attempt to answer was proposed in Sharp et al. (2015) in which the authors of the paper discussed the transdiagnostic dimensions of anxiety, particularly the neural mechanisms and executive functions involved. The two dimensions of anxiety that the paper specifically focused on were anxious apprehension and anxious arousal. According to the paper, these two factors have helped to bridge the gap between psychological and neurobiological models of anxiety. The study of neuroscience, which is in its relative infancy, has also led to many changes in our understanding of psychological diagnosis and disorders. This new field, however, has also resulted in many unanswered questions. These questions are numerous and varying and include researchers’ attempts to identify the specific mechanisms through which disorders occur, genes that may predispose individuals to certain disorders, new methods of measuring the constructs that make up “disorders”, and ways of effectively treating these disorders.
With the advent of neuroscience and new, improved neuroimaging techniques the field of psychology has had to adjust and attempt to integrate a neurobiological component to the largely conceptual constructs that frame many of our current definitions of mental disorders. Because of these advancements, many of our present attempts at classifying mental disorders have been brought into question or have had changes made in the way they…
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