The effect of chronic pain on voluntary and involuntary capture of attention: An event-related potential study.

Gubler, Danièle A.; Zeiss, Stephan; Egloff, Niklaus; Frickmann, Frank; Goetze, Benjamin; grosse Holtforth, Martin; Harnik, Michael; Streitberger, Konrad; Troche, Stefan (2022). The effect of chronic pain on voluntary and involuntary capture of attention: An event-related potential study. Behavioral neuroscience, 136(2), pp. 195-205. American Psychological Association 10.1037/bne0000375

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Although the interrupting effect of chronic pain on voluntary-directed attention is well-documented, research on the impact of chronic pain on involuntary-directed attention remains incomplete. This study aimed to investigate the influence of chronic pain on involuntary as well as voluntary allocation of attention as, respectively, indexed by the P3a and P3b components in the event-related potential derived from the electroencephalogram. Both involuntary and voluntary captures of attention were compared between 33 patients with chronic pain and 33 healthy controls using an auditory three-stimulus oddball task (with standard, target, and unexpected distractor tones). The results revealed a reduced P3a amplitude as well as a reduced P3b amplitude in patients with chronic pain compared to healthy controls, indicating a detrimental effect of chronic pain on involuntary and voluntary attention, respectively. This study extends the picture of the impairing effects of chronic pain on attentional allocation to a current task and attentional allocation to information outside the focus of attention. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology > Centre of Competence for Psychosomatic Medicine
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > Clinic and Policlinic for Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics

UniBE Contributor:

Gubler, Danièle Anne; Zeiss, Stephan; Egloff, Niklaus; grosse Holtforth, Martin; Harnik, Michael; Streitberger, Konrad Markus and Troche, Stefan

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0735-7044

Publisher:

American Psychological Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Chantal Kottler

Date Deposited:

07 Jan 2022 13:55

Last Modified:

02 Apr 2022 00:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1037/bne0000375

PubMed ID:

34941318

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/163646

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