Title: Selective attention for pain-related information in healthy individuals: The role of pain and fear
Authors: Roelofs, Jeffrey
Peters, Madelon L.
Vlaeyen, Johannes # ×
Issue Date: 2002
Series Title: European Journal of Pain vol:6 issue:5 pages:331-339
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate whether pain itself or pain-related fear is crucial in eliciting attentional bias towards pain-related information in healthy individuals. The results from two successive experiments provide evidence that attentional bias does not take place as a function of pain-related fear or as a function of pain per se. Attentional bias for pain words was neither found to be related to trait variables like anxiety, depression, catastrophising, fear of pain, and pain vigilance. Implications of the results are discussed and directions for future research are provided.
ISSN: 1090-3801
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Health Psychology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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