A Brief Note On Classical Conditioning And Fear

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Classical Conditioning and Fear
Introduction
Fear is common in humans as well as in animals. Species that are thinking and learning have been observed to respond to fear especially when they are subjected to something that caused them pain and trauma, which will make them behave to prevent the exact or related thing/event. Learning how fear accumulates and affects an individual has taken the interests of many studies. There are research conducted to examine how species react to pain and how they behave when they encounter the stimulus again. In studying fear, Pavlovian fear conditioning has been an important and well-used model. It has been used in investigating rats in the laboratories and how they behave on different stimuli and how they learn and remember each encounter. In one of the research works done to investigate fear in rats, Maren (2008) describes the Pavlovian fear conditioning in examining how the hippocampus and amygdala have been behaving in transgenic mouse models. The essence of these two parts of the brain, however, has not been proved in contexts and discrete use for fear conditioning. The recent work has been considered as unclear whether if the hippocampus and the amygdala play an important role in fear learning, specifically in terms of anatomical segregation of cue and context conditioning. There are also other non-associative factors that affected the investigation and the results of the performance of fear responses, thus, more research works are…
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