Posted September 09, 2018 09:20:19 The new science is not only about finding a cause and effect relationship between an individual’s fear of the stage, it is also about understanding the brain circuitry involved in that fear, and how that circuitry might contribute to stage fright, as well as how to treat the condition.
The study is by neuroscientists at the University of Edinburgh, and involves a team of neuroscientist researchers.
They examined data from a wide variety of participants in an ongoing clinical trial called the Edinburgh Stage Anxiety and Psychosocial Experiences Scale (ESPS-S) that is currently being carried out.
They found that, for some participants, fear of being in a theater became more intense after they became more aware of their fears.
“In a way, our study shows that fear of stage-related events is a universal trait, and that it can lead to social anxiety, depression, and even anxiety-related behaviors,” said study co-author, researcher and neuroscientism researcher Dr. Eric Eskonen.
“These findings have significant implications for understanding the neurobiology underlying social anxiety and its treatment.”
For this study, they examined the participants’ responses to a series of questions about stage fright and the specific stages of the show that the participants had experienced.
They then looked at how that fear changed over time as participants became more conscious of their fear, the number of times they had experienced stage fright before, and whether they had been in theater before.
The researchers found that fear did not change significantly as the number or frequency of the specific stage-specific fear experiences increased, and the number and frequency of stage specific fear events did not increase over time.
In their words:”There is little to no evidence that stage fright is a general fear or anxiety that is shared by all participants, nor does it suggest that individuals who are less likely to experience stage fright are less anxious than those who are more likely to.
We also do not know if fear of a specific stage has a specific effect on fear of all stages.
This study provides a new way of looking at stage fear and provides insights into how fear of one stage may lead to fear of another.”
The results are published in the journal PLOS ONE, and will appear in the August issue of Psychological Science.
The authors of the study said that the study is important because it highlights how common stage fear is, and suggests that the brain’s fear circuitry may be part of a much wider neurobiological basis for fear.
They hope that the research will help in developing treatments for stage fright.
“The key finding here is that stage fear can be caused by several different factors, which may not necessarily be connected to each other,” said lead author Dr. Alan O’Keefe, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Edinburgh University.
“For example, the fear of certain stage elements might not cause fear of other stages, or fear of only certain stages may cause fear in other parts of the brain.”
The study was funded by the Wellcome Trust, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Scottish Research Council, the Scottish Government, the Royal Society for the Arts, and others.
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