Attentional bias toward pictorial representations of pain in individuals with chronic headache

Schoth, Daniel E. and Liossi, Christina (2010) Attentional bias toward pictorial representations of pain in individuals with chronic headache. Clinical Journal of Pain, 26, (3), 244-250. (doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e3181bed0f9). (PMID:20173439).


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Objectives: This study investigated attentional biases for pictorial headache-related stimuli in individuals with chronic headache and healthy controls.

Methods: Attentional bias was assessed using a visual probe task that presented headache-related images and neutral images at 2 exposure duration conditions, 500 and 1250?ms.

Results: The results indicated that individuals with chronic daily headache showed a significantly greater overall attentional bias across presentation times toward headache-related stimuli compared with the controls, which indicates a bias in both initial orienting and maintained attention to pain cues in this group.

Discussion: It is concluded that both hypervigilance and sustained processing are critical factors for the maintenance of chronic pain.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e3181bed0f9
ISSNs: 0749-8047 (print)
1536-5409 (electronic)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 146277
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2010 10:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 14:12

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