Neuroimaging for psychotherapy research: current trends.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)


This article reviews neuroimaging studies that inform psychotherapy research. An introduction to neuroimaging methods is provided as background for the increasingly sophisticated breadth of methods and findings appearing in psychotherapy research.


We compiled and assessed a comprehensive list of neuroimaging studies of psychotherapy outcome, along with selected examples of other types of studies that also are relevant to psychotherapy research. We emphasized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) since it is the dominant neuroimaging modality in psychological research.


We summarize findings from neuroimaging studies of psychotherapy outcome, including treatment for depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and schizophrenia.


The increasing use of neuroimaging methods in the study of psychotherapy continues to refine our understanding of both outcome and process. We suggest possible directions for future neuroimaging studies in psychotherapy research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weingarten, CP; Strauman, TJ

Published Date

  • January 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 185 - 213

PubMed ID

  • 24527694

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4135014

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-4381

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1050-3307

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10503307.2014.883088


  • eng