Title: From bad to worse: Symbolic equivalence and opposition in fear generalization
Authors: Bennett, Marc Patrick ×
Hermans, Dirk
Dymond, S
Vervoort, Ellen
Baeyens, Frank #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Series Title: Cognition & Emotion vol:29 issue:6 pages:1137-1145
Abstract: The present study compared the impact of symbolic equivalence and opposition relations on fear generalization. In a procedure using nonsense words, some stimuli became symbolically equivalent to an aversively conditioned stimulus while others were symbolically opposite.
The generalization of fear to equivalently and oppositely related stimuli was then measured using behavioural avoidance, retrospective US expectancy and stimulus valence ratings.
Equivalence relations facilitated fear generalization while opposition relations constrained generalization. The potential clinical implications of symbolic generalization discussed.
ISSN: 0269-9931
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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