The conditioning theory of fear-acquisition: a critical examination.

  title={The conditioning theory of fear-acquisition: a critical examination.},
  author={Stanley J Rachman},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  volume={15 5},
The conditioning theory of fear-acquisition is outlined and the supporting evidence and arguments presented. It is argued that the theory lacks comprehensiveness and is also inadequate in other respects. Six arguments against acceptance of the theory are advanced. People fail to acquire fears in what are theoretically fear-evoking situations (e.g. air raids). It is difficult to produce conditioned fear reactions in human subjects in the laboratory. The theory rests on the untenable… CONTINUE READING
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