Reference : The interruptive effect of pain in a multitask environment: an experimental investigation.
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
The interruptive effect of pain in a multitask environment: an experimental investigation.
Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri mailto [Ghent University > Experimental-Clinical and Health psychology]
Crombez, Geert [> >]
Eccleston, Christopher [> >]
Liefooghe, Baptist [> >]
Van Damme, Stefaan [> >]
The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society
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United States
[en] Adolescent ; Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/etiology ; Chi-Square Distribution ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Pain/complications/psychology ; Pain Threshold/physiology ; Pattern Recognition, Visual ; Photic Stimulation ; Psychomotor Performance/physiology ; Reaction Time/physiology ; Task Performance and Analysis ; Young Adult
[en] UNLABELLED: Daily life is characterized by the need to stop, start, repeat, and switch between multiple tasks. Here, we experimentally investigate the effects of pain, and its anticipation, in a multitask environment. Using a task-switching paradigm, participants repeated and switched between 3 tasks, of which 1 predicted the possible occurrence of pain. Half of the participants received low intensity pain (N = 30), and half high intensity pain (N = 30). Results showed that pain interferes with the performance of a simultaneous task, independent of the pain intensity. Furthermore, pain interferes with the performance on a subsequent task. These effects are stronger with high intensity pain than with low intensity pain. Finally, and of particular importance in this study, interference of pain on a subsequent task was larger when participants switched to another task than when participants repeated the same task. PERSPECTIVE: This article is concerned with the interruptive effect of pain on people's task performance by using an adapted task-switching paradigm. This adapted paradigm may offer unique possibilities to investigate how pain interferes with task performance while people repeat and switch between multiple tasks in a multitask environment.
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