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More than Meets the Eye: Visual Attention Biases in Individuals with Chronic Pain

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dc.contributor.advisor Joel D Katz
dc.creator Samantha R Fashler
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-26T14:40:41Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-26T14:40:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-07-10
dc.date.issued 2015-01-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/28220
dc.description.abstract The present study used eye-tracking technology to assess whether individuals who report chronic pain direct more attention to sensory pain-related words than do pain-free individuals. A total of 113 participants (51 with chronic pain, 62 pain-free) were recruited. Participants completed a dot-probe task, viewing neutral and sensory pain-related words while their reaction time and eye movements were recorded. Data were analyzed by mixed-design ANOVA with Group (chronic pain vs. pain-free) and Word type (sensory pain vs. neutral). Results showed a significant Group x Word type interaction effect for number of fixations, average visit duration, and late phase fixation duration, all greater for sensory pain vs. neutral words in the chronic pain group. None of the effects for reaction time was significant. Findings support the hypothesis that individuals with chronic pain display attentional biases towards pain-related stimuli and demonstrate the value of eye-tracking technology in measuring differences in visual attention variables.
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject Clinical psychology
dc.title More than Meets the Eye: Visual Attention Biases in Individuals with Chronic Pain
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.discipline Psychology(Functional Area: Clinical Psychology)
dc.degree.name MA - Master of Arts
dc.degree.level Master's
dc.date.updated 2015-01-26T14:40:41Z
dc.subject.keywords Attention
dc.subject.keywords Chronic pain
dc.subject.keywords Dot-probe task
dc.subject.keywords Eye-tracking

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