Fear reduction in rats through avoidance blocking
Date of Original Version
Rats trained to avoid an electric shock in an alley were divided into two groups depending on their behavior during 25 min of response blocking. Subjects demonstrating exploratory behavior while blocked were put in one group, while subjects demonstrating agitation, freezing or grooming were placed in another. Fear measures, when subsequently exposed to the CS. were taken on experimental subjects and compared to controls. The results confirmed the hypothesis that response blocking can lead to fear reduction and that the fear reduction is related to the behavior of the subject during blocking. © 1974.
Behaviour Research and Therapy
Spring, Donald, James Prochaska, and Nelson Smith. "Fear reduction in rats through avoidance blocking." Behaviour Research and Therapy 12, 1 (1974): 29-34. doi:10.1016/0005-7967(74)90028-X.