The close proximity of threat: Altered distance perception in the anticipation of pain

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Tabor, A, Catley, MJ, Gandevia, SC, Thacker, M., Spence, C and Moseley, GL (2015). The close proximity of threat: Altered distance perception in the anticipation of pain. Frontiers in Psychology. 6 (MAY).
AuthorsTabor, A, Catley, MJ, Gandevia, SC, Thacker, M., Spence, C and Moseley, GL
Abstract

Pain is an experience that powerfully influences the way we interact with our environment. What is less clear is the influence that pain has on the way we perceive our environment. We investigated the effect that the anticipation of experimental pain (THREAT) and its relief (RELIEF) has on the visual perception of space. Eighteen (11F) healthy volunteers estimated the distance to alternating THREAT and RELIEF stimuli that were placed within reachable space. The results determined that the estimated distance to the THREAT stimulus was significantly underestimated in comparison to the RELIEF stimulus. We conclude that pain-evoking stimuli are perceived as closer to the body than otherwise identical pain-relieving stimuli, an important consideration when applied to our decisions and behaviors in relation to the experience of pain.

Year2015
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Journal citation6 (MAY)
ISSN1664-1078
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00626
Publication dates
Print13 May 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Jun 2019
Accepted13 May 2015
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License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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