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Title: An investigation of the effect of experimental pain on logical reasoning
Authors: Attridge, Nina
Keogh, Edmund
Eccleston, Christopher
Keywords: Pain
Cognition
Reasoning
Logic
Disruption
Executive function
Cognitive intrusion
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins © International Association for the Study of Pain
Citation: ATTRIDGE, N., KEOGH, E. and ECCLESTON, C., 2019. An investigation of the effect of experimental pain on logical reasoning. PAIN, 160 (5), pp.1093–1102.
Abstract: Pain disrupts attention in order to prioritise avoidance of harm and promote analgesic behaviour. This could in turn have negative effects on higher-level cognitions which rely on attention. In the current paper we examined the effect of thermal pain induction on three measures of reasoning: the Cognitive Reflection Test, Belief Bias Syllogisms task, and Conditional Inference task. In Experiment 1, the thermal pain was set at each participant’s pain threshold. In Experiment 2, it was set to a minimum of 44°C or 7/10 on a VAS scale (whichever was higher). In Experiment 3, performance was compared in no pain, low intensity pain, and high intensity pain conditions. We predicted that the experience of pain would reduce correct responding on the reasoning tasks. However, this was not supported in any of the three studies. We discuss possible interpretations of our failure to reject the null hypothesis and the importance of publishing null results.
Description: This paper is closed access until 11 January 2020.
Sponsor: This research was funded by an unrestricted grant from Reckitt Benckiser UK Commercial Ltd to CE and EK.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001490
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/36607
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001490
ISSN: 0304-3959
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