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Conditioned Nausea: Experimental Analysis and Practical Applications

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I will review some experimental studies done with animal subjects showing that the state of nausea can come to occur as a conditioned response, a conclusion that supports the conjecture that conditioned nausea may contribute to the distress suffered by some patients undergoing chemotherapy. The animal experiments also suggest some simple strategies that might be effective in preventing or reducing the occurrence of conditioned nausea, strategies that might usefully be employed in a clinical setting. I will describe a preliminary study with human participants, designed to assess the effectiveness of these strategies in alleviating motion-induced nausea.


Educated at Cambridge (when Zangwill was a presence rather than the title of a club); postdoctoral work at Dalhousie University and University of Sussex; subsequently professor and head of department at York; now emeritus at York, but with appointments at Universities of New South Wales and Plymouth; previously editor of Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and currently editor of Learning & Behavior.

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