Reference : Pain and Attention: Towards a Motivational Account
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Theoretical & cognitive psychology
Pain and Attention: Towards a Motivational Account
Van Ryckeghem, Dimitri mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) > ; Ghent University > Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology]
Crombez, Geert [> >]
Oxford University Press
New York
United States
[en] Attention ; top-down modulation ; bottom-up modulation ; motivation
[en] Attention plays a pivotal role in the experience of pain and its impact upon daily activities.
Accordingly, research on the interplay between attention and pain has a long scientific history.
Within this chapter, we discuss the theoretical frameworks that aim to explain the relationship
between attention and pain. We argue for a motivational perspective on pain that highlights the
critical role of cognitive, affective and contextual factors in explaining the interplay between
attention and pain. To substantiate this argument, we provide an overview of available research
addressing the bottom-up capture of attention by pain and the top-down modulation (both
inhibition and facilitation) of attention for pain. We conclude this chapter with guidelines and
suggestions for future research and discuss clinical implications of adopting a motivational
perspective on pain.
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