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Human Studies

2021 Jun 08

Eur J Pain

Brief mindfulness training can mitigate the influence of prior expectations on pain perception.


Vencatachellum S, van der Meulen M, Van Ryckeghem DML, Van Damme S, Vögele C
Eur J Pain. 2021 Jun 08.
PMID: 34101937.


Recent neuroimaging evidence suggests that mindfulness practice may mitigate the biasing influence of prior cognitive and emotional expectations on pain perception. The current study tested this hypothesis using a pain-cueing paradigm, which has reliably been shown to elicit conditioned hypoalgesic and hyperalgesic effects. Specifically, we aimed to investigate whether the instructed use of a mindfulness compared to a suppression strategy differentially modulates the magnitudes of conditioned hypoalgesia and hyperalgesia.