Brain Scans Could Help Doctors Choose Treatments for People With Social Anxiety Disorder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts General Hospital, and Boston University Study  
9/7/2012 7:46:08 AM

A new study led by MIT neuroscientists has found that brain scans of patients with social anxiety disorder can help predict whether they will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy. Social anxiety is usually treated with either cognitive behavioral therapy or medications. However, it is currently impossible to predict which treatment will work best for a particular patient. The team of researchers from MIT, Boston University (BU) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that the effectiveness of therapy could be predicted by measuring patients' brain activity as they looked at photos of faces, before the therapy sessions began.