Joseph A. Skelton

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Two experiments demonstrated that the experience of physical sensations is the result of hypothesis-guided selective search and encoding. In the first experiment, subjects listened to a stimulus that was said to increase, decrease, or have no effect on skin temperature. The results indicated that subjects selectively monitored only those changes in skin(More)
People's understanding of illness is shaped by their mental models of the causes and consequences of health threats, and of the type of person who may experience such threats. For example, people are more likely to discount illness complaints they think have resulted from They also are more likely to interpret disease symptoms as serious when these are(More)
Men are more likely than women to die at virtually every age, but women report greater numbers and frequencies of health problems and physical symptoms (Skelton & Deitchman, 2000). The relative magnitude of the gender difference in symptom-reporting behavior is modest (about 0.4 SDs), but it has attracted much theoretical interest. Recent work showing(More)
Seventy patients with chronic low-back pain not due to malignancy returned a questionnaire assessing functional status 5 years following treatment with epidural or subarachnoid nerve blocks. One hundred fifty-one patients had been surveyed 3 years earlier in an initial follow-up. The respondents to the present survey were older and more able to bend and(More)
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