Context, ambiguity, and unlearning: sources of relapse after behavioral extinction.

@article{Bouton2002ContextAA,
  title={Context, ambiguity, and unlearning: sources of relapse after behavioral extinction.},
  author={Mark E. Bouton},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  year={2002},
  volume={52 10},
  pages={976-86}
}
There is now ample evidence that extinction, the loss of learned performance that occurs when a Pavlovian signal or an instrumental action is repeatedly presented without its reinforcer, does not reflect a destruction of the original learning. This article summarizes the evidence and extends and updates earlier reviews. The main alternative to "unlearning" is the idea that extinction (as well as other retroactive interference processes, including counterconditioning) involves new learning that… CONTINUE READING
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