The role of fear in theories of avoidance learning, flooding, and extinction

Susan Mineka*

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Summarizes the major lines of evidence that demonstrate a dissociation or desynchrony between measures of fear and avoidance responding. The evidence bearing on the role of fear in theories of avoidance learning and extinction is reviewed and critically evaluated. In addition, research is discussed regarding the determinants of fear over the course of avoidance acquisition, flooding, and extinction. Particular emphasis is placed on discussing the extent to which fear extinction is necessary and/or sufficient for avoidance response extinction with conventional extinction procedures and with response prevention techniques. (31/2 p ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)985-1010
Number of pages26
JournalPsychological bulletin
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1979


  • fear, learned avoidance desynchrony & relation to avoidance learning & extinction & flooding, animals & humans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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