When somatic information threatens, catastrophic thinking enhances attentional interference

@article{Crombez1998WhenSI,
  title={When somatic information threatens, catastrophic thinking enhances attentional interference},
  author={Geert Crombez and Chris Eccleston and Frank Baeyens and Paul Eelen},
  journal={Pain},
  year={1998},
  volume={75},
  pages={187-198}
}
Styles of catastrophic thinking about pain have been related to an inability to divert attention away from pain. We investigated whether pain catastrophizers displayed high attentional interference during a threatening low-intensity electrocutaneous stimulus (ES). In Experiment 1, 44 undergraduates performed a tone discrimination task whilst experiencing several times an ES on the left or right arms. Tones were also presented 250 ms and 750 ms after ES onset. Participants were threatened that a… CONTINUE READING

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