Unformatted text preview: Deconditioning: Only worked on children who were already afraid. Peter: Dog and other animal fears. "Direct-un-conditioning." "We secured permission to give him his mid-afternoon snack. Crackers and milk. Lunch served in room 40 feet long. Just as he began to eat, rabbit displayed in a wire mesh cage. We displayed it far enough away not to disturb eating. Gradually rabbit brought closer and closer. Eventually, rabbit could be paced on table by Peter and finally Peter would eat with one hand and play with the rabbit with the other. Watson noted that they did not know circumstances in which Peter's fears first arose. If they had, might have been able to spot "primary fear" and how this had been "transferred" to other objects. Thought this knowledge would be centrally important. When his son Billy developed a phobia of goldfish, Watson successfully treated it in similar fashion. Unsuccessful with nail-biting....
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- Fall '09
- Psychology, Rabbit, Beatrix Potter, Mary Cover Jones, Rockefeller Foundation support