Stimulus Selection and Behavioral Inhibition

  • David M. Warburton
Part of the Handbook of Psychopharmacology book series (HBKPS)


One important area of applied psychology is devoted to the development of techniques for eliminating or weakening some responses so that they may be replaced with others. The psychopharmacologist has become involved in the search for drugs that affect response elimination and the neurochemical mechanisms that control inhibition. The term “behavioral inhibition” has been used as a description and as an explanation in psychopharmacology, and some of these uses will be discussed in later sections of this chapter. First, I will discuss some manifestations of behavioral inhibition and consider the possibility that different neurochemical mechanisms may mediate different sorts of inhibition.


Conditioned Stimulus Unconditioned Stimulus Passive Avoidance Behavioral Inhibition Cholinergic System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Warburton
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyReading UniversityReadingEngland

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