Combined cognitive biases for pain and disability information in individuals with chronic headache: A preliminary investigation

Daniel E Schoth, Laura Joanne Parry, Christina Liossi

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Pain-related cognitive biases have been demonstrated in chronic pain patients, yet despite theoretical predictions are rarely investigated in combination. Combined cognitive biases were explored in individuals with chronic headache (n = 17) and pain-free controls (n = 20). Participants completed spatial cueing (attentional bias), sentence generation (interpretation bias) and free recall tasks (memory bias), with ambiguous sensory-pain, disability and neutral words. Individuals with chronic headache, relative to controls, showed significantly greater interpretation and memory biases favouring ambiguous sensory-pain words and interpretation bias favouring ambiguous disability words. No attentional bias was found. Further research is needed exploring the temporal pattern of cognitive biases.
Original languageEnglish
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JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume(in press)
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2016



  • chronic illness
  • cognitive processing
  • health psychology
  • pain
  • quantitative methods

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