The Role of Contingent-Anxious Versus Temporally Yoked Conditioned Stimulus Termination in the Enhancement or Conservation of Learned Fear

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This study investigated whether contingent-anxious conditioned stimulus termination was more important than temporally yoked termination in producing conservation or enhancement of learned fear. Thirty psychology students, twenty-six females and four males, were administered item thirty-nine from the Fear Survey Schedule and an avoidance test. After in vivo treatment exposure to a harmless snake, post-test measures identical to pretests revealed that contingent-anxious subjects retained significantly more fear (p <.05) on both indexes than temporally yoked subjects. No enhancement was found and only on the subjective measure did contingent-anxious subjects show fear conservation when contrasted with no-treatment controls (p >.05). Implications for ... continued below

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Dial, Miles H. December 1974.

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This study investigated whether contingent-anxious conditioned stimulus termination was more important than temporally yoked termination in producing conservation or enhancement of learned fear. Thirty psychology students, twenty-six females and four males, were administered item thirty-nine from the Fear Survey Schedule and an avoidance test. After in vivo treatment exposure to a harmless snake, post-test measures identical to pretests revealed that contingent-anxious subjects retained significantly more fear (p <.05) on both indexes than temporally yoked subjects. No enhancement was found and only on the subjective measure did contingent-anxious subjects show fear conservation when contrasted with no-treatment controls (p >.05). Implications for "implosive" therapies were discussed.

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Dial, Miles H. The Role of Contingent-Anxious Versus Temporally Yoked Conditioned Stimulus Termination in the Enhancement or Conservation of Learned Fear, thesis, December 1974; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663147/: accessed December 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .