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2023 Dec 13

Eur J Pain


Social support of virtual characters reduces pain perception.


Neumann I, Andreatta M, Pauli P, Käthner I


Psychosocial factors, such as social support, can reduce pain. Virtual reality (VR) is a powerful tool to decrease pain, but social factors in VR-based pain analgesia have rarely been studied. Specifically, it is unclear whether social support by virtual characters can reduce pain and whether the perceived control behind virtual characters (agency) and varying degrees of social cues impact pain perception.