Observational Fear Conditioning Procedure

Observational Fear Conditioning Procedure

The Observational Fear Conditioning Protocol is a paradigm for investigating socially acquired threat responses. This protocol serves as a suitable alternative to the widely used Pavlovian fear conditioning, in which threat responses are acquired through direct experiences. In the Observational Fear Conditioning Protocol, the participant (observer) watches a demonstrator being presented with a conditioned stimulus (CS) paired with an aversive unconditioned stimulus (US).

For more information about the Observational Fear Conditioning Protocol, please see Haaker, J., Golkar, A., Selbing, I., & Olsson, A. (2017). Assessment of social transmission of threats in humans using observational fear conditioning. Nature Protocols12, 1378. doi:10.1038/nprot.2017.027

 

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2020

Szczepanik, M; Kaźmierowska, A M; Michałowski, J M; Wypych, M; Olsson, A; Knapska, E

Observational learning of fear in real time procedure Journal Article

Scientific Reports, 10 , 2020.

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2018

Lindström, B; Haaker, J; Olsson, A

A common neural network differentially mediates direct and social fear learning Journal Article

NeuroImage, 2018.

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2017

Golkar, A; Olsson, A

The interplay of social group biases in social threat learning Journal Article

Scientific Reports, 7 (1), pp. 7685, 2017, ISSN: 2045-2322.

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Debiec, J; Olsson, A

Social fear learning: From animal models to human function Journal Article

Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2017.

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Haaker, J; Golkar, A; Selbing, I; Olsson, A

Assessing social transmission of threats in humans using the observational fear conditioning procedure Journal Article

Nature Protocols, (12), pp. 1378–1386, 2017.

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Haaker, J; Yi, J; Petrovic, P; Olsson, A

Endogenous opioids regulate social threat learning in humans Journal Article

Nature Communications, 8 , 2017.

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2016

Golkar, A; Haaker, J; Selbing, I; Olsson, A

Neural signals of vicarious extinction learning Journal Article

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11 (10), pp. 1541-1549, 2016.

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Golkar, A; Olsson, A

Immunization against social fear learning Journal Article

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145 (6), pp. 665-671, 2016.

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Olsson, A; Kopsida, E; Sorjonen, K; Savic, I

Testosterone and estrogen impact social evaluations and vicarious emotions: A double-blind placebo-controlled study Journal Article

Emotion, 16 (4), pp. 515-523, 2016.

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Olsson, A; McMahon, K; Papenberg, G; Zaki, J; Bolger, N; Ochsner, K N

Vicarious fear learning depends on empathic appraisals and trait empathy Journal Article

Psychological Science, 27 (1), pp. 25-33, 2016, (PMID: 26637357).

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2015

Kleberg, J L; Selbing, I; Lundqvist, D; Hofvander, B; Olsson, A

Spontaneous eye movements and trait empathy predict vicarious learning of fear Journal Article

International Journal of Psychophysiology, 98 (3), pp. 577–583, 2015.

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Golkar, A; Castro, V; Olsson, A

Social learning of fear and safety is determined by the demonstrator's racial group Journal Article

Biology Letters, 11 (1), 2015.

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2013

Golkar, A; Selbing, I; Flygare, O; Öhman, A; Olsson, A

Other people as means to a safe end Journal Article

Psychological Science, 24 (11), pp. 2182-2190, 2013.

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2007

Olsson, A; Phelps, E A

Social learning of fear Journal Article

Nature Neuroscience, 10 (9), pp. 1095–1102, 2007, ISSN: 1097-6256.

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Olsson, A; Nearing, K I; Phelps, E A

Learning fears by observing others: the neural systems of social fear transmission Journal Article

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2 (1), pp. 3–11, 2007, ISSN: 1749-5016.

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2004

Olsson, A; Phelps, E A

Learned fear of “unseen” faces after Pavlovian, observational, and instructed fear Journal Article

Psychological Science, 15 (12), pp. 822–828, 2004, ISSN: 0956-7976.

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