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FEAR CONDITIONING ACROSS DEVELOPMENT: AN EXAMINATION OF FEAR ACQUISITION, EXTINCTION, AND GENERALIZATION IN 5-TO-10 YEAR OLD CHILDREN

dc.contributor.advisorFox, Nathan Aen_US
dc.contributor.authorHong, Melanieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-12T06:32:14Z
dc.date.available2014-02-12T06:32:14Z
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/14962
dc.description.abstractThe acquisition and extinction of fear is widely studied using fear conditioning (FC) paradigms. Few studies, however, have examined how fear learning emerges across development. Understanding the developmental mechanisms underlying FC can provide a framework to examine disruptions in fear learning, particularly when fears become pervasive as in the case of anxiety disorders. Traditional FC paradigms in adult and animal studies involve aversive stimuli, like shock, which present ethical limitations in youth. The present study aimed to examine the validity of a novel FC paradigm in a sample of sixty-four typically developing 9-to-15 year old children. Results revealed differential learning to the CS+ compared to the CS- during conditioning as evidenced by subjective fear ratings and greater skin conductance response. No differences emerged across pre-conditioning and extinction phases. Results from this study indicate the utility of this novel bell conditioning paradigm at eliciting fear learning and extinction behaviors in children.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleFEAR CONDITIONING ACROSS DEVELOPMENT: AN EXAMINATION OF FEAR ACQUISITION, EXTINCTION, AND GENERALIZATION IN 5-TO-10 YEAR OLD CHILDRENen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledDevelopmental psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPhysiological psychologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledClassical conditioningen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddevelopmenten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledfear conditioningen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledskin conductanceen_US


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