Attentional bias towards pain-related information diminishes the efficacy of distraction

@article{Ryckeghem2012AttentionalBT,
  title={Attentional bias towards pain-related information diminishes the efficacy of distraction},
  author={Dimitri Van Ryckeghem and Geert Crombez and Lore Van Hulle and Stefaan Van Damme},
  journal={PAIN®},
  year={2012},
  volume={153},
  pages={2345-2351}
}
Distraction is a strategy that is commonly used to cope with pain. Results concerning the efficacy of distraction from both experimental and clinical studies are variable, however, and indicate that its efficacy may depend on particular circumstances. Several models propose that distraction may be less effective for people who display a large attentional bias towards pain-related information. This hypothesis was tested in an experimental context with 53 pain-free volunteers. First, attentional… CONTINUE READING
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