avoidance behavior


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avoidance behavior,

n a conscious or unconscious defense mechanism by which a person tries to escape from unpleasant situations or feelings, such as anxiety and pain.
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While this paper doesn't get at the costs of avoidance behavior--it focuses on its existence and implications--a follow-on paper with Joshua Graff Zivin attempts to do so by looking at intertemporal avoidance behavior.
Here we show for the first time that an amnesic drug given in conjunction with memory reactivation transformed avoidance behavior to approach behavior in people with a real-life spider fear.
A persistent question in the study of avoidance is how avoidance behavior is maintained, particularly when continued avoidance responding prevents further contact with the aversive stimulus.
According to the authors, obese individuals seek to accommodate information obtained about their body weight and shape by interchange of body-checking and avoidance behaviors.
Therefore, gastropods may have occupied near surface habitat to evade n-Ag, demonstrating contaminant avoidance behavior.
Conclusions: The findings indicate that CLBP decreases physical performance, but increases fear avoidance behavior and depressive symptoms in elderly adults.
For example, the CALM Action Module reviews avoidance behavior and how it contributes to anxiety and depression in the long run.
These attitudes are based on such a powerful association between a feared object--say, a spider--and a negative feeling about the species that a person with a phobia cannot see, or even think about, a spider without experiencing that automatic negative reaction, which leads to avoidance behavior.
The Siegel lab has also previously reported that hypocretin is required for the "pursuit of pleasure" in rodents but plays no role in avoidance behavior.
Landers MR, Durand C, Powell DS, Dibble LE and Young DL (2011) Development of a scale to assess avoidance behavior due to a fear of falling: The Fear of Falling Avoidance Behavior Questionnaire.
Negative defensive medicine speaks to avoidance behavior, with the doctor foregoing interventions that he or she perceives as increased malpractice risk, such as performing invasive procedures.
Third-instar Drosophila larvae have a distinct response to thermal nociception--when lightly touched by a heated probe, the larvae perform a "corkscrewlike" roll in the direction of the noxious stimulus (Tracey et al, 2003), whereas in adults there is a characteristic jump response or thermal avoidance behavior (Xu et al, 2006; Neely et al, 2010).