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Title: Rating data are underrated: Validity of US expectancy in human fear conditioning
Authors: Boddez, Yannick
Baeyens, Frank
Luyten, Laura
Vansteenwegen, Deb
Hermans, Dirk
Beckers, Tom # ×
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd.
Series Title: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry vol:44 issue:2 pages:201-206
Abstract: Background and Objectives: Human fear conditioning is widely regarded as one of the prime paradigms for the study of fear and anxiety disorders. We provide an evaluation of a commonly used subjective measure in the human fear conditioning paradigm, namely the US-expectancy measurement.
Methods: We assess the validity of US-expectancy with respect to conditions of pathological fear and anxiety using four established criteria for scrutiny of a laboratory test or model (i.e., face validity, diagnostic validity, predictive validity, construct validity).
Results: Arguably, there is sufficient evidence for the face validity, diagnostic validity, predictive validity and construct validity of the US-expectancy measure.
Limitations: Presumed limitations of the US-expectancy measure, including its susceptibility to experimental demand and memory bias, are discussed.
Conclusions: The US-expectancy measure is a valuable measurement method that can be effectively used in research that aims to enhance our understanding of fear and anxiety disorders.
ISSN: 0005-7916
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology
× corresponding author
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