Information Processing Model
How are memories acquired?
How do remember?
Why do we forget?
Psychotherapy based on principles of classical or operant conditioning
Problem is viewed and error or”failure” in learning
Cure is to “relearn”
Treatment of Fear
Intense, irrational fear of object or situation
Patient is still in touch with reality
Agoraphobia - Open spaces
Claustrophobia - Closed spaces
Arachnophobia - Spiders
Triskaidekaphobia - The number 13
Uxoriphobia - One’s wife
Over 200 recognized phobias
Some phobias easy yo deal with
Stay away from zoo if fear of animals
But... can generalize
Fear viewed as CR, so extinguish by repeated presentation
Patient is “continuously” presented with fearful object, until it no longer produces
Patient must be willing to expose self to fear for prolonged intervals
Not always possib