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Title: People in pain make poorer decisions
Authors: Attridge, Nina
Pickering, Jayne
Inglis, Matthew
Keogh, Edmund
Eccleston, Christopher
Keywords: Pain
Cognitive disruption
Decision making
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: © International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Citation: ATTRIDGE, N. ... et al., 2019. People in pain make poorer decisions. Pain, 160 (7), pp.1662-1669.
Abstract: Chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people and has been shown to disrupt attention. Here, we investigated whether pain disrupts everyday decision making. In Study 1, 1322 participants completed two tasks online: a shopping decisions task and a measure of decision outcomes over the previous 10 years. Participants who were in pain during the study made more errors on the shopping task than those who were pain-free. Participants with a recurrent pain condition reported more negative outcomes from their past decisions than those without recurrent pain. In Study 2, 44 healthy participants completed the shopping decisions task with and without experimentally-induced pain. Participants made more errors while in pain than while pain-free. We suggest that the disruptive effect of pain on attending translates into poorer decisions in more complex and ecologically valid contexts, that the effect is causal, and that the consequences are not only attentional, but financial.
Description: This paper is in closed access until July 2020.
Sponsor: Study 1 was in part funded by an unrestricted grant from Reckitt Benckiser UK Commercial Ltd to CE and EK.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001542
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37095
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001542
ISSN: 1872-6623
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