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Neuroimaging in social anxiety disorder—A meta-analytic review resulting in a new neurofunctional model


Brühl, Annette Beatrix; Delsignore, Aba; Komossa, Katja; Weidt, Steffi (2014). Neuroimaging in social anxiety disorder—A meta-analytic review resulting in a new neurofunctional model. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 47:260-280.

Abstract

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most frequent anxiety disorders. The landmark meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies by Etkin and Wager (2007) revealed primarily the typical fear circuit as overactive in SAD. Since then, new methodological developments such as functional connectivity and more standardized structural analyses of grey and white matter have been developed. We provide a comprehensive update and a meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies in SAD since 2007 and present a new model of the neurobiology of SAD. We confirmed the hyperactivation of the fear circuit (amygdala, insula, anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex) in SAD. In addition, task-related functional studies revealed hyperactivation of medial parietal and occipital regions (posterior cingulate, precuneus, cuneus) in SAD and a reduced connectivity between parietal and limbic and executive network regions. Based on the result of this meta-analysis and review, we present an updated model of SAD adopting a network-based perspective. The disconnection of the medial parietal hub in SAD extends current frameworks for future research in anxiety disorders.

Abstract

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is one of the most frequent anxiety disorders. The landmark meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies by Etkin and Wager (2007) revealed primarily the typical fear circuit as overactive in SAD. Since then, new methodological developments such as functional connectivity and more standardized structural analyses of grey and white matter have been developed. We provide a comprehensive update and a meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies in SAD since 2007 and present a new model of the neurobiology of SAD. We confirmed the hyperactivation of the fear circuit (amygdala, insula, anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex) in SAD. In addition, task-related functional studies revealed hyperactivation of medial parietal and occipital regions (posterior cingulate, precuneus, cuneus) in SAD and a reduced connectivity between parietal and limbic and executive network regions. Based on the result of this meta-analysis and review, we present an updated model of SAD adopting a network-based perspective. The disconnection of the medial parietal hub in SAD extends current frameworks for future research in anxiety disorders.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Klinik für Konsiliarpsychiatrie und Psychosomatik
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:06 Nov 2014 13:32
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 07:57
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0149-7634
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2014.08.003

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