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Computer Tools as Novel Treatment for Depression and Anxiety 

Computer Tools as Novel Treatment for Depression and Anxiety
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Computer Tools as Novel Treatment for Depression and Anxiety
Author(s):

Anett Gyurak

and Amit Etkin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199395125.003.0031
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date: 21 October 2020

Emerging research on neuroplasticity suggests that cognitive function in health and disease can be altered through targeted computerized training. Research in neuroscience links anxiety and depression to dysfunction in brain networks that support cognition and affect. As such, anxiety and depressive disorders can be viewed as arising from perturbations in these brain networks, and computerized training regimens might target these perturbations. This chapter reviews the way in which research on brain networks provides an empirical rationale for promising early applications of targeted computer-based training regimens aimed toward signs of cognitive and affective dysfunction in anxiety and depression. Future directions for targeted, computerized interventions in psychiatric disorders in general and in depression and anxiety specifically are discussed.

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