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Influence of perceptual cues and conceptual information on the activation and reduction of claustrophobic fear

Shiban, Youssef ; Peperkorn, Henrik ; Alpers, Georg W. ; Pauli, Paul ; Mühlberger, Andreas


Background: Fear reactions in phobic patients can be activated by specific perceptual cues (C) or by conceptual fear-related information (I). An earlier study with spider phobic participants documented that perceptual stimuli are particularly potent to trigger fear responses. Because fear of spiders is activated by very circumscribed stimuli, we set out to investigate whether another phobia with ...


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