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Competition, Cooperation, and Pain Sensitivity

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dc.contributor.advisor Sternberg, Wendy Ferri, Josie 2012-08-23T18:51:14Z 2012-08-23T18:51:14Z 2012
dc.description.abstract The sharp decrease in pain sensitivity during and immediately following competition experienced by athletes is a quintessential example of stress-induced analgesia. While anecdotal evidence exists regarding this phenomenon, research has yet to methodically investigate responses to painful stimuli during stressful competitive scenarios. The present study aimed to determine the competitive psychological scenario that would induce the greatest stress response and effort exerted, and therefore the greatest analgesic response. The results demonstrate that our scenarios induced a mild analgesic effect in cold pressor and thermal pain testing as well as a physiological change, particularly heart rate, proportional to the level of competition. Our experiment contributes to the current research data identifying the relationship between competition, gender, athletic status, and stress-induced analgesia.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Pain -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Competition (Psychology) -- Sex differences
dc.subject.lcsh Cooperativeness -- Psychological aspects
dc.title Competition, Cooperation, and Pain Sensitivity
dc.type Thesis
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