Race and sex differences in cutaneous pain perception.

  title={Race and sex differences in cutaneous pain perception.},
  author={David Sheffield and P L Biles and Heather Orom and William Maixner and David S. Sheps},
  journal={Psychosomatic medicine},
  volume={62 4},
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine race and sex differences in cutaneous pain perception. METHODS Pain perception was measured using a suprathreshold evaluation of pain intensity and pain unpleasantness to a series of thermal stimuli in 27 whites (14 men and 13 women) and 24 African Americans (12 men and 12 women). Blood pressure, depressive symptoms, anxiety state levels, and negative mood were assessed before pain testing to examine whether they might account for any sex… CONTINUE READING

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