The moderating factors of neuroticism and extraversion in pain anticipation

Gillett, Jenna L and Mattacola [formerly Doe, Emily], Emily (2017) The moderating factors of neuroticism and extraversion in pain anticipation. British Journal of Pain. ISSN 20494637

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This study investigates the moderator relationship between three psychological variables on pain threshold and tolerance: pain anticipation, neuroticism and extraversion. It is hypothesised that (a) a significant effect of anticipation on both pain threshold and tolerance will exist; wherein high-intensity pain anticipation will predispose lower pain threshold and tolerance, and (b) high neuroticism and low extraversion will moderate this relationship. The study was conducted using 76 participants who completed the cold pressor test under one of three conditions: control condition, intense-pain expectant condition or low-pain expectant. The results of the study showed no significant effect of anticipation and no significant moderator relationship for neuroticism or extraversion on pain threshold and tolerance, thus both hypotheses are not supported. Implications for future research are discussed providing new and unique findings, as no prior research into the moderator relationship between anticipation, personality traits and pain currently exists.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submission date: 22-May-2017; Acceptance date: 02-Aug-2017; Published: 23-Aug-2017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pain; nociceptive pain; pain threshold; pain tolerance; cold pressor test; pain anticipation; personality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Emily Doe
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 14:14
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 10:14

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