Renewal effect on conditioning and its clinical implications

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Lopez Seal, María Florencia ; Mustaca, Alba Elisabeth (2010)
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Journal: Suma Psicologica (issn: 0121-4381)
  • Subject: renewal | conditioning | context | extinction | Psychology | BF1-990

Renewal effect refers to the reappearance of a conditioned response by a context change between extinction and testing. This phenomenon holds relevance at a theoretical level since it shows that, in extinction, learning does not go under. Also at an applied level, because psychological treatments that relay on extinction processes are done generally at a different context than that where they are put to test and therefore the response can reappear due to the renewal effect. This article reviews the procedures among which the effects of both classic and instrumental conditioning were studied as well as those treatments that prevent them from occurring
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