Special Issue "Relationship between Executive Functions, Anxiety Disorders and Other Related Disorders"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Cognitive Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pablo José Olivares-Olivares
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Guest Editor
Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Murcia, 30100, Murcia, Spain
Interests: executive functions; obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders; anxiety disorders; social anxiety; meta-analysis; selective mutism; cognitive-behavioral treatment
Prof. Dr. Ana Isabel Rosa Alcázar
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Murcia, 30100, Murcia, Spain
Interests: executive functions; obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders; anxiety disorders; social anxiety; meta-analysis; selective mutism; cognitive-behavioral treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The first author to describe the term “executive functions” was the American neuropsychologist Muriel Lezak (1982). She defined them as those capabilities of the central nervous system needed to formulate goals and plan their achievement in a way that was effective.

In the last decades, research in neuropsychology has tried to check if there is a concordance between neuroimaging data and the results of neuropsychological tests both in order to find a clinical phenotype and to predict and/or improve the outcome of treatments in behavioral disorders.

The role of executive functions such as cognitive flexibility, response inhibition, and working memory remains unclear despite the fact that researchers agree on the importance of their study. A better understanding of anxiety disorders would improve the processes of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in order to design more effective and efficient interventions.

The World Health Organization (2016) estimates that nearly 10% of the world's population suffers from an anxiety and/or depression disorder and that investment in the treatment of these disorders has a social return of 400%. This situation amply justifies the need to continue advancing in the study of these behavioral disorders.

The objective of this Special Issue is to publish research related to the study of executive functions in anxiety disorders that provide novel results.

This field can be considered a cutting-edge in the study of behavioral disorders both because of the importance of the issues that have yet to be elucidated and because of their novelty and significance.

Contributions should follow the structure of the journal and contribute new, relevant, and rigorous knowledge to the field of study.

Dr. Pablo José Olivares-Olivares
Prof. Ana Isabel Rosa Alcázar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Executive functions
  • Cognitive-behavioral assessment
  • Working memory
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Response inhibition
  • Metacognition

Published Papers

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