Conditioning research has a long-standing tradition both in psychological science in general and in experimental psychopathology specifically. Today, “compromised learning” has been put forward as an explanation for the development and maintenance of a wide range of psychopathologies. Yet conditioning is still a hot topic, and new discoveries continue to emerge.
In this symposium, both theoretical and methodological innovations will be covered, in an attempt to go beyond the typical associative learning account on classical (fear) conditioning.
We aim to address more recent propositional and goal-directed accounts on fear conditioning, broaden the scope to operant and evaluative learning, and critically reviewing the validity of extinction as a treatment model for anxiety disorders. Besides fear and anxiety, we will focus on the relevance of conditioning models for different psychopathologies, e.g. disgust in sexual disorders, and placebo/nocebo conditioning in pain, itch or hormones. Special attention will be paid to implications of these findings in behavioral therapy.
May 20 – 21, 2021
Ann Meulders (UM, KU Leuven), Charmaine Borg (RUG), Fabian Wolters (LU)
|Thursday May 20th
|10.30 – 11.00||Welcome and ‘walk-in’ – coffee/tea|
|11.00 – 12.00||Introduction to associative, propositional and goal-directed approaches to fear conditioning (Yannick Boddez, UGent)|
|12.00 – 13.00||Lunch break|
|13.00 – 14.00
1. Hans van Lennep
2. Inka Papenfuss: Accepting the unknown: Uncertainty-related processes as mediators for the effect of mindfulness on anxiety
|14.00 – 14.15||Short break – coffee/tea|
|14.15 – 15.15||The learning body and mind: Conditioning of placebo and nocebo effects (Andrea Evers, Leiden University & Aleksandrina Skvortsova, McGill University|
|15.15 – 15.30||Change to comfortable clothes and get ready for something great! Make sure you have a yoga mat or large towel/blanket|
|15.30 – 16.30||Yoga with Marta Walentynowicz (click for more info)|
|16.30 – 16.45||Roll up your mat and freshen up|
|16.45 – 17.45||An inhibitory learning approach to extinction and its implications for exposure therapy (Michelle Craske, UCLA)|
|17.45 – 18.00||Closing day 1 of the symposium|
Friday May 21st
|09.00 – 09.45||Conditioning in sexual dysfunction: psychophysiological studies on sexual reward learning (Stephanie Both, LUMC)|
|09.45 – 10.00||Short break – coffee/tea|
|10.00 – 11.00
3. Anke Lemmens: Better safe than sorry: New ways to investigate the maintenance and generalization of avoidance behaviors
4. Lauranne Vanaken: Coherence Connects: On the Social Function of Coherent Autobiographical Memories
|11.00 – 11.15||Short break – coffee/tea|
|11.15 – 12.30||Beyond fear of pain, operant conditioning of pain-related avoidance behavior and its relevance for chronic pain (Ann Meulders, KU Leuven & UM)|
|12.30 – 13.30||Lunch break|
|13.30 – 14.15||Learning through play: How to test the relevance of conditioning models for psychopathology? (Yannick Boddez, UGent)|
|14.15 – 14.30||Closing comments and end of symposium|
PLEASE COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORM. CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATION IS MAY 14TH.