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Effect of distraction on the estimated pain intensity induced by electric stimuli


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Miljak, Tomislav. (2008). Effect of distraction on the estimated pain intensity induced by electric stimuli. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Ivanec, Dragutin].

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The goal of this study was to test the influence of level of distraction on the experience of pain induced by electric stimuli. All of the participants (N=30) included in the final data processing, estimated the intensity of electric stimuli which had been applied to them during two different experimental situations (concurrently exposed to one or three distractor tasks), and during control situation without distraction. One group of participants (n=15) received more intensive electric stimuli, and the other group received less intensive electric stimuli. The data analysis confirmed our assumption that the participants would have lower estimates of pain intensity in the situation with more concurrent distraction compared to the situation with less, or no concurrent distraction during electric stimulation. Furthermore, our data analysis did not confirm our assumption that distraction would have greater influence on pain sensation caused by less intensive electric stimuli compared to pain sensation caused by more intensive electric stimuli, as there was no statisticaly significant difference among participants of two groups regarding their estimates of pain intensity.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: level of distraction, intensity of electric stimuli, estimate of pain intensity
Subjects: Psychology > Opća psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Ivanec, Dragutin
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:05

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