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The role of spatial attention in attentional control over pain: an experimental investigation

Dimitri Van Ryckeghem UGent, Stefaan Van Damme UGent, Geert Crombez UGent, Christopher Eccleston, Katrien Verhoeven UGent and Valéry Legrain UGent (2011) EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. 208(2). p.269-275
abstract
Distraction is a common method of pain control that is often found to be effective. However, it is still largely unexplored which components of distraction are responsible for its effects. This study investigated the role of the spatial location of task-relevant stimuli in the effectiveness of distraction. Two experiments were performed in which the spatial location of visual stimuli during nociceptive input was manipulated. In a first experiment, we tested whether the reaction to nociceptive information is slower when visual stimuli are presented at a different spatial location than at the same spatial location. In a second experiment, we examined whether the manipulation of spatial location affects the experience of pain. Overall, results indicated that directing attention away from the pain location results in a slower response to painful stimuli and a reduction in pain. It may be concluded that the analgesic effect of distraction is at least partly the result of the spatial location of the distracting information.
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Attention, TASK, HUMANS, MODULATION, Spatial attention, Distraction, PLACEBO ANALGESIA, DISTRACTION, EYE ORIENTATION, Pain
journal title
EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH
Exp. Brain Res.
volume
208
issue
2
pages
269 - 275
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000285786100011
JCR category
NEUROSCIENCES
JCR impact factor
2.395 (2011)
JCR rank
147/242 (2011)
JCR quartile
3 (2011)
ISSN
0014-4819
DOI
10.1007/s00221-010-2477-y
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1197133
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1197133
date created
2011-03-25 16:44:04
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2011-03-31 09:40:54
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  abstract     = {Distraction is a common method of pain control that is often found to be effective. However, it is still largely unexplored which components of distraction are responsible for its effects. This study investigated the role of the spatial location of task-relevant stimuli in the effectiveness of distraction. Two experiments were performed in which the spatial location of visual stimuli during nociceptive input was manipulated. In a first experiment, we tested whether the reaction to nociceptive information is slower when visual stimuli are presented at a different spatial location than at the same spatial location. In a second experiment, we examined whether the manipulation of spatial location affects the experience of pain. Overall, results indicated that directing attention away from the pain location results in a slower response to painful stimuli and a reduction in pain. It may be concluded that the analgesic effect of distraction is at least partly the result of the spatial location of the distracting information.},
  author       = {Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri and Van Damme, Stefaan and Crombez, Geert and Eccleston, Christopher and Verhoeven, Katrien and Legrain, Val{\'e}ry},
  issn         = {0014-4819},
  journal      = {EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {Attention,TASK,HUMANS,MODULATION,Spatial attention,Distraction,PLACEBO ANALGESIA,DISTRACTION,EYE ORIENTATION,Pain},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {269--275},
  title        = {The role of spatial attention in attentional control over pain: an experimental investigation},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-010-2477-y},
  volume       = {208},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri, Stefaan Van Damme, Geert Crombez, Christopher Eccleston, Katrien Verhoeven, and Valéry Legrain. 2011. “The Role of Spatial Attention in Attentional Control over Pain: An Experimental Investigation.” Experimental Brain Research 208 (2): 269–275.
APA
Van Ryckeghem, D., Van Damme, S., Crombez, G., Eccleston, C., Verhoeven, K., & Legrain, V. (2011). The role of spatial attention in attentional control over pain: an experimental investigation. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH, 208(2), 269–275.
Vancouver
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Van Ryckeghem D, Van Damme S, Crombez G, Eccleston C, Verhoeven K, Legrain V. The role of spatial attention in attentional control over pain: an experimental investigation. EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH. 2011;208(2):269–75.
MLA
Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri, Stefaan Van Damme, Geert Crombez, et al. “The Role of Spatial Attention in Attentional Control over Pain: An Experimental Investigation.” EXPERIMENTAL BRAIN RESEARCH 208.2 (2011): 269–275. Print.