Emotional processing of fear: exposure to corrective information.

@article{Foa1986EmotionalPO,
  title={Emotional processing of fear: exposure to corrective information.},
  author={Edna B Foa and Michael J. Kozak},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  year={1986},
  volume={99 1},
  pages={
          20-35
        }
}
  • E. Foa, M. Kozak
  • Published 1986
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological bulletin
In this article we propose mechanisms that govern the processing of emotional information, particularly those involved in fear reduction. Emotions are viewed as represented by information structures in memory, and anxiety is thought to occur when an information structure that serves as program to escape or avoid danger is activated. Emotional processing is denned as the modification of memory structures that underlie emotions. It is argued that some form of exposure to feared situations is… 
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