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Human Studies

2020 Mar 09

Rehabil Psychol

Behavioral activation and behavioral inhibition: An examination of function in chronic pain.


Turner AP, Jensen MP, Day MA, Williams RM
Rehabil Psychol. 2020 Mar 09.
PMID: 32150432.


The objective of the study was to examine the BIS-BAS model of chronic pain. This model posits that 2 neurophysiological systems-the behavioral inhibition system (BIS) sensitized to and activated by punishment cues and the behavioral activation system (BAS) sensitized to and activated by reward cues-make independent and concurrent contributions to 2 domains of pain-related function: pain interference and positive function despite pain. The study additionally hypothesized that BIS and BAS sensitivity would have different associations with these 2 different aspects of pain-related function. BIS activation would be more strongly correlated with pain interference and BAS would be more strongly correlated with positive function despite pain. Research Method/Design: This was a cohort study consisting of the baseline assessments of 328 veterans enrolled in a large clinical trial examining 3 psychosocial interventions for chronic pain.