Talk:Fear conditioning

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Merge with classical conditioning[edit]

I think this article and eyeblink conditioning being special cases of classical conditioning can be merged into classical conditioning.

Fear conditioning is a massive area of research with multiple applications and a vast literature. What determines whether something gets its own page? Will you put blocking into classical conditioning? Overshadowing? Sensory preconditioning? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 129.173.38.112 (talk) 15:35, 2 May 2007 (UTC).

The suggestion of merge was given becuase the article is quite short and in an earlier version, it was stated as a special case of classical conditioning, which is true. It would be nice that general articles such as classical conditioning give a flavor of what is all involved within its scope and direct readers to appropriate special articles if they be interested in reading further. Kpmiyapuram 15:52, 2 May 2007 (UTC)

I am not an expert on this, but my feeling was that fear conditioning was clearly "separable" from other kinds of classical conditioning. I thought that it had been shown to have a separate neural substrate compared to some other kinds of classical conditioning (for example, http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/22/13087?ck=nck). If indeed it is a separate phenomena, then it should have its own page, rather than being part of the page on classical conditioning. Bayle Shanks 04:08, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Even though this discussion is quite old, I felt the urge to defend the separation of articles. Yes, fear conditioning is a type of classical conditioning but, as someone said above, it is a topic with massive research behind it. Its importance in contemporary neural science makes it worthwhile for Wikipedia to count with a full article to cover this topic. Accordingly, even though LeDoux's research has proved decisive in advancing the knowledge of the neurobiology behind fear conditioning, it is not to assume that LeDoux's work is the only one deserving at least a brief review here. In fact, I propose to review only relevant research by its own merits, leaving aside the matter of whose contribution has had the greatest impact. Working on topics by their merits, instead of working on authors, so to speak.--SchwarzeSchlange (talk) 18:14, 28 April 2012 (UTC)