Title

Anxiety in Social Situations

Presenter Information

Jennifer Kenworthy

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Anxiety, breathing techniques, public speaking, social anxiety

Abstract

There is evidence that suggests the effects of anxiety can be reduced through the application of various breathing techniques. The purpose of this study is to see if anxiety may be reduced through the use of a particular breathing technique, breathing following an external pacer. Participants are first asked to complete a state anxiety inventory to get a baseline measurement. Then, the participants are asked to read a short passage to the researcher and a camera followed by a second administration of the state anxiety inventory. The experimental group then does the breathing exercise for 5 min. The control group is asked to sit quietly for the same amount of time. After this, the participants are asked to read a different short passage in the same manner in front of the researcher and the camera. The participants are, then, asked to take the state anxiety inventory and a trait anxiety inventory. Results are expected to show that the participants in the experimental group experience less anxiety after the breathing technique is utilized and that there is not much difference in the level of anxiety for the control group between the first and second passage.

For this presentation, Jennifer Kenworthy received a College of the Sciences Best Poster Presentation Award for 2014.

Poster Number

46

Faculty Mentor(s)

Fallshore, Marte; Greenwald, Ralph; Matheson, Megan

Additional Mentoring Department

Psychology

Additional Mentoring Department

Psychology

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Anxiety in Social Situations

SURC Ballroom C/D

There is evidence that suggests the effects of anxiety can be reduced through the application of various breathing techniques. The purpose of this study is to see if anxiety may be reduced through the use of a particular breathing technique, breathing following an external pacer. Participants are first asked to complete a state anxiety inventory to get a baseline measurement. Then, the participants are asked to read a short passage to the researcher and a camera followed by a second administration of the state anxiety inventory. The experimental group then does the breathing exercise for 5 min. The control group is asked to sit quietly for the same amount of time. After this, the participants are asked to read a different short passage in the same manner in front of the researcher and the camera. The participants are, then, asked to take the state anxiety inventory and a trait anxiety inventory. Results are expected to show that the participants in the experimental group experience less anxiety after the breathing technique is utilized and that there is not much difference in the level of anxiety for the control group between the first and second passage.

For this presentation, Jennifer Kenworthy received a College of the Sciences Best Poster Presentation Award for 2014.