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The vicarious learning pathway to fear 40 years on

Askew, C and Field, AP (2008) The vicarious learning pathway to fear 40 years on Clinical Psychology Review, 28 (7). pp. 1249-1265.

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Forty years on from the initial idea that fears could be learnt vicariously through observing other people's responses to a situation or stimulus, this review looks at the evidence for this theory as an explanatory model of clinical fear. First, we review early experimental evidence that fears can be learnt vicariously before turning to the evidence from both primate and human research that clinical fears can be acquired in this way. Finally, we review recent evidence from research on non-anxious children. Throughout the review we highlight problems and areas for future research. We conclude by exploring the likely underlying mechanisms in the vicarious learning of fear and the resulting clinical implications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Askew, C
Field, AP
Date : October 2008
DOI : 10.1016/j.cpr.2008.05.003
Copyright Disclaimer : Crown Copyright © 2008 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Fear, Anxiety, Vicarious learning
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Nov 2016 14:15
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:55

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