Exploring the phenomenology of memory for pain: is previously experienced acute pain consciously remembered or simply known?

Rohini Terry, Eric E. Brodie, Catherine A. Niven

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Abstract

Whether or not acute pain is recalled by consciously remembering it or by simply knowing about that past pain as an autobiographical fact, and the degree to which it can be accurately anticipated (“precalled”) was investigated using the remember/know paradigm. Cold Pressor (CP) pain was induced in 97 healthy participants who precalled CP pain and then reported their actual experiences of CP pain, using the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ) and a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Two weeks later, participants recalled the CP pain and indicated whether each retrospectively selected MPQ descriptor reflected their “remembering” or “knowing” about the pain.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pain
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2007

Keywords

  • questionnaire
  • pain measurement
  • pain
  • memory

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