Extinction Failure in Classical Conditioning as a Mechanism of Psychosomatic Illness
Momentary phasic alterations of visceral activity are a normal accompaniment of external stimulation. A particular organ system which is hyper-reactive to stimulation will readily become conditioned to the contexts and antecedents which are associated with that stimulation. If the resultant conditioned responding persists, that is if it fails to extinguish, the organ system is at risk for psychophysiological disorder.
KeywordsClassical Conditioning Galvanic Skin Response General Arousal Interval Response Psychosomatic Disorder
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