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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2014, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (3): 431-438.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.00431

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A Retrieval-Extinction Paradigm to Treat Conditioned Fear Memory

ZENG Xiangxing;XIANG Yanhui;DU Juan;ZHENG Xifu   

  1. (School of Psychology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China)
  • Received:2013-06-18 Online:2014-03-15 Published:2014-03-15
  • Contact: ZHENG Xifu


Based on the reconsolidation theory of memory, the retrieval-extinction paradigm employ the extinction training within the reconsolidation window to rewrite fear memory of subjects and reduce their fear response by decreasing the valence of fear stimulus. The Ret+Ext paradigm is an innovation and development of traditional exposure therapies and drug treatment. It provides a new non-invasive model for trauma treatments and a new theoretical perspective for the rewriting human memory and the exploring human well-beings on the Positive Psychology.

Key words: conditioned fear memory, reconsolidation, retrieval-extinction