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Voluntary facial displays of pain increase suffering in response to nociceptive stimulation

Salomons, T. V., Coan, J. A., Hunt, S. M., Backonja, M.-M. and Davidson, R. J. (2008) Voluntary facial displays of pain increase suffering in response to nociceptive stimulation. The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society, 9 (5). pp. 443-448. ISSN 1526-5900

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2008.01.330

Abstract/Summary

This study demonstrates that making a standardized pain face increases negative affect in response to nociceptive stimulation, even in the absence of social feedback. This suggests that exaggerated facial displays of pain, although often socially reinforced, may also have unintended aversive consequences.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Neuroscience
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:33584
Publisher:Elsevier

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