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Human Studies

2019 Sep

J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry


Nocebo hyperalgesia induced by implicit conditioning.


Bräscher A-K, Witthöft M
J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2019 Sep; 64:106-112.
PMID: 30952053.


Nocebo hyperalgesia (i.e., increased pain sensitivity based on expectations) can be induced by conditioning, but is supposed to be mediated by conscious expectation. Although recent evidence points to the feasibility of subliminal conditioning of nocebo hyperalgesia with masked faces, face processing might be a special case and the practical implications of subliminal conditioning remain questionable. This study aimed to implicitly condition nocebo hyperalgesia using supraliminal cues.