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Papers: 9 Mar 2019 - 15 Mar 2019

Human Studies




Modulating pain thresholds through classical conditioning.


Traxler J, Madden VJ, Moseley LG, Vlaeyen J W
PeerJ. 2019; 7:e6486.
PMID: 30867984.


Classical conditioning has frequently been shown to be capable of evoking fear of pain and avoidance behavior in the context of chronic pain. However, whether pain itself can be conditioned has rarely been investigated and remains a matter of debate. Therefore, the present study investigated whether pain threshold ratings can be modified by the presence of conditioned non-nociceptive sensory stimuli in healthy participant.