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Fear conditioning and stimulus generalization in patients with social anxiety disorder

Ahrens, Lea M. ; Pauli, Paul ; Reif, Andreas ; Mühlberger, Andreas ; Langs, Gernot ; Aalderink, Tim ; Wieser, Matthias J.



Abstract

Although overgeneralization seems to be a hallmark of several anxiety disorders, this until now has not been investigated in social anxiety disorder (SAD). Therefore, we examined fear generalization in 26 SAD patients and 29 healthy controls (HC) using two faces as conditioned stimuli (CS+, CS-), and a loud scream and a fearful face as unconditioned stimulus (US). Generalization was tested by ...

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