Portions of these data were previously presented at the 2004 annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
Dissociation and pain perception: An experimental investigation†
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Copyright © 2007 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Special Issue: Highlights of ISTSS 2006 Annual Meeting
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 597–609, August 2007
How to Cite
Horowitz, J. D. and Telch, M. J. (2007), Dissociation and pain perception: An experimental investigation. J. Traum. Stress, 20: 597–609. doi: 10.1002/jts.20226
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- Version of Record online: 22 AUG 2007
Dissociative symptoms and abnormalities in pain perception have been associated with a range of disorders. The authors tested whether experimentally induced increases in state dissociation would cause an analgesic response. Participants (N = 120) were randomized to a dissociation induction condition via audiophotic stimulation or a credible control condition and were compared on pre- and postchanges in subjective pain and immersion time in response to a standard cold pressor test. Unexpectedly, the dissociation induction led to small, but significant increases in subjective pain and did not lead to greater immersion time. An exploratory analysis revealed that increases in absorption and derealization significantly predicted increased subjective pain and increased immersion time, respectively.