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Visuospatial and verbal memory in chronic pain patients: an explorative study.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
2006 (English)In: Pain Practice, ISSN 1530-7085, Vol. 6, no 3, 179-185 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cognitive bias, such as selective memory for pain-related information, is frequently observed in chronic pain patients and is assessed mostly using verbal material. Beside word lists, the current study used photographs of people presenting pain behaviours to assess memory bias in chronic pain patients. Chronic pain patients were hypothesized to show better recall of pain-related words and pictures as compared to pain-free controls. Twenty-eight female chronic neck patients and 28 pain-free female controls completed two computerized pictorial memory games and two word recall tasks. Patients and controls performed equally well in the neutral memory game. In the pain-related game, patients performed significantly worse than did controls. No significant differences were found in the word recall task. The result is discussed in terms of cognitive avoidance.

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2006. Vol. 6, no 3, 179-185 p.
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pain, memory, bias
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-19404DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1533-2500.2006.00083.xOAI: diva2:185928
This work was supported by a grant from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.Available from: 2007-12-21 Created: 2007-12-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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