The role of fear in theories of avoidance learning, flooding, and extinction

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Abstract

Summarizes the major lines of evidence that demonstrate a dissociation or desynchrony between measures of fear and avoidance responding. The evidence bearing on the role of fear in theories of avoidance learning and extinction is reviewed and critically evaluated. In addition, research is discussed regarding the determinants of fear over the course of avoidance acquisition, flooding, and extinction. Particular emphasis is placed on discussing the extent to which fear extinction is necessary and/or sufficient for avoidance response extinction with conventional extinction procedures and with response prevention techniques. (3½ p ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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