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Master of Arts - School Psychology
Chronic pain is increasingly prevalent and costly and will continue to be with the increasing mean age of America’s population. It is important to identify interventions addressing pain-related biopsychosocial aspects. The purpose of the current study was to examine if a single session of specific neurofeedback (NF) protocols had an effect on subjective fear and physiological fear-avoidance behaviors in relation to pain-related stimuli. Correlational analyses revealed that FPQ-III minor pain scores were negatively associated with total fixation duration while looking at pain-related pictures. One-way ANOVAs revealed differences approaching significance for those trained on Left-Hemisphere NF protocols compared to those in Sham training for total fixation duration, moderate effect sizes were found. Statistically significant group differences were found for those trained on Right-Hemisphere protocols compared to those trained on Left-Hemisphere protocols for first fixation durations. Findings support research that implicates NF training as a neuromodulation technique for the subjective pain experience.
Swift, Timothy, "Effects of One Neurofeedback Session on Relationship between Fear-Of-Pain and Visual Avoidance of Pain" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 159.
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