Data for: It's the End of the Smile as We Know it: Social Anxiety and the Interpretation of Morphed Facial Expressions Following Exclusion and Inclusion

Published: 12-10-2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/6nd9vdt6p8.1
roy azoulay,
uri berger,
Paula Niedenthal,
Hadar Keshet,
Eva Gilboa-Schechtman


study 1- First, we excluded participants with abnormally fast reaction times (less than 3 standard deviation below average; n = 12) and with unconscientious response patterns (i.e., did not respond appropriately to a test video included in the task; n = 18). Thus, the final sample consisted of 147 participants (76 women, mean age = 35, SD = 10.23). Next, we divided the participants into two groups based on their SA scores. Individuals in the LSA groups were those whose LSAS score was less than 30 and whose SPIN score was less than 10 (n = 40, 17 women). The HSA group included participants with LSAS scores above 60 and SPIN score above 30 (n = 39, 26 women) (for SA cut-off in LSAS and SPIN see Rytwinski et al., 2008; Masia-Warner et al., 2003). Means of SPIN and LSAS scores in the LSA group were 3.3 (SD = 3.40) and 13.0 (SD = 9.60) respectively. Means of SPIN and LSAS scores in the HSA group were 42.1 (SD = 10.33) and 87.3 (SD = 13.74) respectively. Thus, the HSA group included individuals with SA levels equivalent to those seen in treatment-seeking population (Rytwinski et al., 2008; Ranta et al., 2007; Heurer et al., 2010). Our main analyses were based on 2 (Group: HSA vs. LSA) X 2 (Condition: Exclusion vs. Inclusion) between-subject ANOVAs on the mean (across all 6 clips) recognition of transition times study 2- Our data analytic strategy was conceptually identical to our strategy in Study 1. First, twenty-one participants were excluded from the experiment due to an extremely fast reaction times to the video clips (responses that were faster than 3 standard deviation below group average). Forty participants failed to perform the task in a conscientious manner. These criteria resulted in a final sample of 198 participants (107 women, mean age: 35 SD= 11.58). Next, participants were divided into HSA (n = 44, 27 women) and LSA (n = 47, 23 women) using the same criteria. Means of SPIN and LSAS in the LSAs group were 3.00 (SD = 2.52) and 14.40 (SD = 8.56) respectively. Means of SPIN and LSAS in the HSA group were 40.60 (SD = 10.21) and 80.50 (SD = 14.00) respectively. Again, the HSA group contained individuals with SA levels equivalent to the levels of individuals seeking treatment for their SA difficulties.