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Title: Context specificity in the extinction of learned fear
Author: O'Leary, S. G.
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis explores the role of context in the extinction of learned fear and environmentally specific renewal of the fear response. It has clinical relevance in relapse of previously extinguished anxiety. Part 1 is a literature review that systematically examines the findings and methodologies within the behavioural field regarding the role of context in extinguished fear relapse in humans. It explores the main areas of investigation and critically appraises each study. Part 2 is an empirical paper examining the effect of contextual change on fear responses following extinction. The research is framed in relation to the wider contextual fear and neurobiological literature and presents clinical and scientific implications. Part 3 is a critical appraisal of Parts 1 and 2. It outlines the background context to the work, the methodological choices, theoretical issues, challenges that arose, and personal reflection on the significance and impact of the project.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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