Appetitive conditioning: neural bases and implications for psychopathology.

  title={Appetitive conditioning: neural bases and implications for psychopathology.},
  author={Ch Martin-S{\"o}lch and Jared Allen Linthicum and Monique Ernst},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  volume={31 3},
Appetitive conditioning is the process through which new rewards are learned and acquire their motivational salience. Although it has the same evolutionary survival significance as aversive conditioning, appetitive conditioning has rarely been studied in humans. This gap may be explained by the difficulty to find in humans suitable appetitive stimuli that can elicit physiological responses similar to those elicited by aversive stimuli. To help remedy this gap, we review the literature on… CONTINUE READING

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