Douglas E Degood

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The effects of humor on increasing discomfort thresholds were tested with Transcutaneous End Nerve Stimulation (TENS). Undergraduate students (n = 31) with high or low scores on Martin and Lecourt's Situational Humor Questionnaire were randomly assigned to a humor or nonhumor condition. Discomfort thresholds for TENS were assessed before and during(More)
Based primarily on anecdotal evidence, patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) have often been suspected of having a high degree of psychosocial disturbance prior to the onset of symptoms as well as in reaction to the disorder. In the present study, patients presenting to a pain center with RSD were compared to patients with low back (LBP) and(More)
The development of a new scale, the Somatic Amplification Rating Scale (SARS), for the quantification of exaggerated (nonorganic) motor, sensory, and pain responses occurring during a standardized physical examination is described. This 13-item scale, partially based on a measure of nonorganic physical signs developed by Waddell et al, was administered to(More)
Chronic pain patients frequently report that weather conditions affect their pain; however, no standardized measures of weather sensitivity have been developed. We describe the development and use of the Weather and Pain Questionnaire (WPQ) which assess patient sensitivity to meteorologic variables defined by the National Weather Service (e.g., temperature,(More)
CONTEXT Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is in widespread use. Study of the psychologic factors associated with CAM use may provide descriptions of subgroups of health care consumers and give further insight into the reasons for using alternative therapies. OBJECTIVES To see if the use of CAM is associated with psychologic factors in two(More)
The postoperative prescription and administration of analgesics following cardiac surgery for 50 children were compared with those of 50 adults. Six children were the only patients in the sample who were prescribed no postoperative analgesics. Overall, children were prescribed significantly fewer potent narcotics. The administration data revealed even more(More)
Standard psychological tests generally provide a single global score that reflects multidimensional constructs, such as depression and anxiety. This single score, however, integrates a range of item contents, including cognitive/affective, somatic, and behavioral characteristics of these multidimensional constructs. The present study was designed to compare(More)
College students (25 men and 25 women) were randomly assigned (within sex) to each of the 4 factorial groups, based on manipulation of affect quality (positive vs. negative) and directional focus (internal vs. external) of mental imagery, and to a control group receiving no manipulation. Both imagery variables had a significant impact on pain tolerance and(More)