Fear Generalization and Anxiety: Behavioral and Neural Mechanisms.

  title={Fear Generalization and Anxiety: Behavioral and Neural Mechanisms.},
  author={Joseph E. Dunsmoor and Rony Paz},
  journal={Biological psychiatry},
  volume={78 5},
Fear can be an adaptive emotion that helps defend against potential danger. Classical conditioning models elegantly describe how animals learn which stimuli in the environment signal danger, but understanding how this learning is generalized to other stimuli that resemble aspects of a learned threat remains a challenge. Critically, the overgeneralization of fear to harmless stimuli or situations is a burden to daily life and characteristic of posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety… CONTINUE READING
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