Differences in pain-related fear acquisition and generalization: an experimental study comparing patients with fibromyalgia and healthy controls.

@article{Meulders2015DifferencesIP,
  title={Differences in pain-related fear acquisition and generalization: an experimental study comparing patients with fibromyalgia and healthy controls.},
  author={A F M Meulders and Anne Jans and Johan W S Vlaeyen},
  journal={Pain},
  year={2015},
  volume={156 1},
  pages={108-22}
}
Anomalies in fear learning, such as failure to inhibit fear to safe stimuli, lead to sustained anxiety, which in turn may augment pain. In the same vein, stimulus generalization is adaptive as it enables individuals to extrapolate the predictive value of 1 stimulus to similar stimuli. However, when fear spreads in an unbridled way to novel technically safe stimuli, stimulus generalization becomes maladaptive and may lead to dysfunctional avoidance behaviors and culminate in severe pain… CONTINUE READING
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