Keeping pain in mind: A motivational account of attention to pain

@article{Damme2010KeepingPI,
  title={Keeping pain in mind: A motivational account of attention to pain},
  author={Stefaan Van Damme and Valery Legrain and Julia Vogt and Geert Crombez},
  journal={Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews},
  year={2010},
  volume={34},
  pages={204-213}
}
Attention is a key concept in many theories of pain perception. A clinically popular idea is that pain is more intense in persons who are hypervigilant for or bias their attention to pain information. So far, evidence for such bias in pain patients as compared to healthy persons is inconclusive. Furthermore, studies investigating the effects of distracting attention away from pain have shown contradictory results. In this review, we present a motivational perspective on attentional processing… CONTINUE READING
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