Title: Stronger renewal in human fear conditioning when tested with an acquisition retrieval cue than with an extinction retrieval cue
Authors: Vansteenwegen, Debora ×
Vervliet, Bram
Hermans, Dirk
Beckers, Tom
Baeyens, Frank
Eelen, Paul #
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Pergamon-elsevier science ltd
Series Title: Behaviour Research and Therapy vol:44 issue:12 pages:1717-1725
Abstract: It was previously demonstrated in our laboratory that conditioned fear in humans can renew after extinction, when this procedure took place in a different context (ABA-renewal [Vansteenwegen et al. (2005). Return of fear in a human differential conditioning paradigm caused by a return to the original acquisition context. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43(3), 323-336]). Using the same experimental design, we now tested the power of retrieval cues to interact with this contextual renewal phenomenon. Two groups went through acquisition and extinction (in a different context). They were then tested in the original acquisition context and in the presence of a retrieval cue. In the acquisition-cue group, this cue previously featured during the acquisition procedure; in the extinction-cue group, the cue previously featured during the extinction procedure. As expected, renewal of conditioned electro-dermal responding and retrospective expectancy ratings was strongest in the acquisition-cue group. Theoretical and clinical implications of this finding are discussed. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0005-7967
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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