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Prof. dr. Mark Bouton

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Date 17 November 2010
Time 15:00 - 16:00

Prof. dr. Mark Bouton
Professor in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Vermont, USA

Extinction is a basic behavioral phenomenon that allows us to adapt to a changing environment. It is also a procedure that is used in clinical settings to help eliminate maladaptive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. However, basic laboratory research indicates that extinction does not erase the original learning, but instead creates new learning that is highly dependent on the context for retrieval. This talk will discuss some implications for learning and memory theory, but will also emphasize implications for lapse and relapse (e.g., of anxiety disorders, overeating, and substance abuse), and will present recent laboratory research designed to evaluate various behavioral and drug treatments that might encourage more permanent memory and behavior change.

The CSCA lecture is followed by informal drinks. Registration for the lecture is not necessary.