Generalization of Acquired Somatic Symptoms in Response to Odors: A Pavlovian Perspective on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

  title={Generalization of Acquired Somatic Symptoms in Response to Odors: A Pavlovian Perspective on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity},
  author={S. Devriese and Winnie Winters and K. Stegen and I. Van Diest and H. Veulemans and B. Nemery and P. Eelen and K. P. van de Woestijne and O. Van den Bergh},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  • S. Devriese, Winnie Winters, +6 authors O. Van den Bergh
  • Published 2000
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Objective Somatic symptoms that occur in response to odors can be acquired in a pavlovian conditioning paradigm. The present study investigated 1) whether learned symptoms can generalize to new odors, 2) whether the generalization gradient is linked to the affective or irritant quality of the new odors, and 3) whether the delay between acquisition and testing modulates generalization. Methods Conditional odor stimuli (CS) were (diluted) ammonia and niaouli. One odor was mixed with 7.4% CO2… CONTINUE READING
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