Generalization of Pain-Related Fear Based on Conceptual Knowledge.

  title={Generalization of Pain-Related Fear Based on Conceptual Knowledge.},
  author={Ann Meulders and Kristof Vandael and Johan W S Vlaeyen},
  journal={Behavior therapy},
  volume={48 3},
Increasing evidence suggests that pain-related fear is key to the transition from acute to chronic pain. Previous research has shown that perceptual similarity with a pain-associated movement fosters the generalization of fear to novel movements. Perceptual generalization of pain-related fear is adaptive as it enables individuals to extrapolate the threat value of one movement to another without the necessity to learn anew. However, excessive spreading of fear to safe movements may become… CONTINUE READING
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