Non-associative fear acquisition: a review of the evidence from retrospective and longitudinal research.

@article{Poulton2002NonassociativeFA,
  title={Non-associative fear acquisition: a review of the evidence from retrospective and longitudinal research.},
  author={Richie G. Poulton and Ross G. Menzies},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={2002},
  volume={40 2},
  pages={127-49}
}
It is axiomatic that the capacity to experience fear is adaptive, enabling rapid and energetic response to imminent threat or danger. Despite the generally accepted utility of functional fear, the nature of maladaptive fear remains controversial. There is still no consensus about how specific fears and phobias are acquired and modulated. Two major schools of thought are apparent: those suggesting dysfunctional fear arises largely as the result of associative-conditioning processes versus those… CONTINUE READING

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