The effects of distraction on responses to cold pressor pain.

@article{Hodes1990TheEO,
  title={The effects of distraction on responses to cold pressor pain.},
  author={R L Hodes and Eric Howland and Nancy Lightfoot and Charles S. Cleeland},
  journal={Pain},
  year={1990},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={109-14}
}
Subjective pain ratings and tolerance time were obtained during 2 cold pressor immersions for 3 groups of subjects. During the second immersion 1 group performed no task and the other 2 groups performed either an easy or difficult mental arithmetic task. The sensory-discriminative response to pain was measured by pain ratings. Pain ratings were collected every minute until subjects removed their arm from the cold pressor or until 4 min passed. Relative to a baseline cold pressor immersion… CONTINUE READING

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