Treatments that weaken Pavlovian conditioned fear and thwart its renewal in rats: implications for treating human phobias.

@article{Rauhut2001TreatmentsTW,
  title={Treatments that weaken Pavlovian conditioned fear and thwart its renewal in rats: implications for treating human phobias.},
  author={Anthony Sean Rauhut and Brian L. Thomas and John J. B. Ayres},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes},
  year={2001},
  volume={27 2},
  pages={99-114}
}
In experiments using a total of 144 albino rat subjects, the authors assessed the ability of fear-weakening treatments to prevent fear renewal (relapse). Conditioned suppression of operant behavior served as the measure of fear in an A-B-A (acquisition-treatment-test) renewal paradigm. In Experiment 1, 100 nonreinforced exposures to a feared cue during treatment (extinction) did not reduce fear renewal relative to 20 exposures. In Experiment 2, explicitly unpaired (EU) treatments thwarted both… CONTINUE READING
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