Fear the burn: The learning and extinction of fear, anxiety, and pain

Dr Daniel Harvie

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University

Contributing to the development of both ongoing pain and stress disorders after trauma, are brain-based adaptations that can be described in-terms of learning mechanisms. Understanding the influence of learning mechanisms—such as classical and operant conditioning—on the expression of fear, anxiety and pain can assist in not only reducing acute pain and distress, but also preventing chronic pain and anxiety disorders.


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