A Neuropsychological Theory of Anxiety

  • J. A. Gray
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (CISJ)


Gray makes it quite clear that readers should be prepared for a novel conception of anxiety that will strike some as paradoxical. He maintains that the two major components of anxiety are conditioned fear and conditioned or anticipatory frustration. It is his data-supported argument that these two phenomena can be viewed as separate states or as a single state (anxiety) that will create a paradox for some readers. Gray resolves the paradox by demonstrating the functional equivalence of conditioned fear and conditioned frustration in animals.


Passive Avoidance Active Avoidance Hippocampal Lesion Septal Lesion Theta Rhythm 
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  • J. A. Gray
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  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordEngland

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