Specific phobia: A disorder of fear conditioning and extinction

Dan J. Stein, Hisato Matsunaga

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Specific phobia is the most prevalent of the anxiety disorders. Although there have been relatively few studies of its psychobiology and pharmacotherapy, there is a rich laboratory of literature on fear conditioning and extinction and a clear evolutionary perspective. Advances in the cognitive-affective neuroscience of fear processing may ultimately lead to new approaches to the clinical management of phobias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-251
Number of pages4
JournalCNS Spectrums
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006


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