Faster acquisition of conditioned fear to fear-relevant than to nonfear-relevant conditional stimuli.

@article{Ho2014FasterAO,
  title={Faster acquisition of conditioned fear to fear-relevant than to nonfear-relevant conditional stimuli.},
  author={Yiling Ho and Ottmar V Lipp},
  journal={Psychophysiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={51 8},
  pages={810-3}
}
Prepared learning theory posits that prepared associations are acquired rapidly and resist extinction. Although it has been shown repeatedly that prepared associations resist extinction, there is currently little evidence to support the proposal of faster acquisition. The current study provides such evidence using a within-subjects conditioning procedure with a 50% reinforcement schedule. Participants were presented with pictures of four animals, two fear-relevant (snake, spider) and two… CONTINUE READING

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