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Extinguishing Classically Conditioned Fear Responses

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What can be done to "extinguish" classically conditioned fear responses? Which method seems to work best? Why is it that classically conditioned fear responses are unlikely to be extinguished without some sort of intervention?

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One of the best ways to extinguish a classically conditioned fear response, is to replace the negative association with a given stimuli, with a positive association with that given stimuli. An example of this methodology would be to reward a particular activity that an individual engages in, instead of punishing them for that same activity, due to the fact that the punishment associated ...