The anxiolytic effect on the fear-potentiated startle is not due to a non-specific disruption.

@article{Joordens1998TheAE,
  title={The anxiolytic effect on the fear-potentiated startle is not due to a non-specific disruption.},
  author={R. J. E. Joordens and Theo H. Hijzen and Berend Olivier},
  journal={Life sciences},
  year={1998},
  volume={63 25},
  pages={
          2227-32
        }
}
In the present study, the effects of alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide, ethanol and haloperidol in the strychnine-potentiated startle response paradigm were investigated. Because strychnine increases control startle levels without fear-conditioning, no central state of fear exists. When anxiolytic drugs reduce the fear-induced potentiation of the startle response without reducing the strychnine-induced startle potentiation, their attenuating effect on startle potentiation in the fear-potentiated… CONTINUE READING
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