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Hostile Bias Modification Training Online Study II (HBMT II)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04015440
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : July 11, 2019
Last Update Posted : July 26, 2019
Army Research Laboratory
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to see how people respond on a word completion task relates to how they behave and respond to situations in the real world. This is a two part research study. At time-point one, participants will fill out some brief personality surveys. They will also read several short scenarios and imagine how they would react and/or interpret these situations in real life. They will also complete a vocabulary task where they will sort word fragments based on type as quickly as they are able. Participants will be asked to return in 24-96 hours for part two where they will repeat a similar scenario reading activity as during time one and fill out a brief questionnaire about your recent behaviors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Aggression Anger Emotion Regulation Self-Control Stress Behavioral: HBMT Behavioral: Other Training Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 400 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Intervention Model Description: This is an online study. Volunteer assignment to each of the two experimental conditions is semi-randomized (i.e. random except that computer ensure equal sample sizes across experimental conditions). The randomized assigning of participants is done by the study web-page/program at The computer program randomly assigned volunteers to one of the two conditions when they begin the study.
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Hostile Bias Modification Training Online Study II
Estimated Study Start Date : July 30, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 9, 2024
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 9, 2024

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: HBMT Behavioral: HBMT
Individual is presented with words with some letters missing and told to complete the word.

Placebo Comparator: Placebo Behavioral: Other Training
Alternative to HBMT training

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. hostile attribution bias [ Time Frame: 24-96 hours post HBMT ]
    Angry Cognitions Scale/HAB measure: This measure asks respondents to read hypothetical scenarios and indicate how they would interpret and respond to them. It was developed by Martin and Dahlen (2007) and will be used as a measure of HAB. Responses range from very unlikely to very likely (numerically, 1-5). Scoring requires converting responses to the corresponding number, and summing responses for each of the following six subscales: misattributing causation, catastrophic evaluating, overgeneralizing, demandingness, inflammatory labeling, and adaptive (i.e., each question corresponds to a different subscale).

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. anger [ Time Frame: 24-96 hours post HBMT ]
    Trait Anger Scale: Brief measure of trait anger validated by Wilk et al., (2015). Scale (1-5, strongly disagree to strongly agree); Two questions regarding individual's perspective on their anger.

  2. aggression [ Time Frame: 24-96 hours post HBMT ]
    State Aggression Survey: This survey is adapted from several others in the literature to measure variance along the normal spectrum of aggressive behaviors in daily life that the average person might display (Álvarez-García, et al., 2016; Deffenbacher, et al., 2001; Deffenbacher, J. et al., 2002). The survey specifically asks about driving behaviors (e.g., yelling at other drivers), and public online behaviors (e.g., posting mean comments on social media), as well as generic public displays of aggression items (e.g., Gotten angry and slammed a door). Scoring 1-5 (frequency: never - five or more times) per question.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Adult aged 18 and older
  2. Located in the United States or other primarily English speaking country.
  3. Active Amazon Account.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Less than 18 years old.
  • Not located in the United States or other primarily English speaking country.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04015440

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Contact: Osgood Jeffrey, Ph.D. 301-319-7475

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United States, Maryland
Sleep Research Center Recruiting
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, 20910
Contact: Jeffrey Osgood    301-319-7475   
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Osgood, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)
Army Research Laboratory

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Responsible Party: Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Identifier: NCT04015440     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WRAIR #2628
First Posted: July 11, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 26, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR):
attention bias
hostile attribution bias
hostile bias modification

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Behavioral Symptoms