Competition, Cooperation, and Pain Sensitivity

dc.contributor.advisorSternberg, Wendy
dc.contributor.authorSelsor, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-06T15:30:52Z
dc.date.available2012-08-06T15:30:52Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.description.abstractPrior research has shown how competition and exercise increase pain tolerance. However, the specific effects of cooperation in competition on pain sensitivity have not been thoroughly examined. In our study, we had 80 subjects (40 males, 40 females; 40 athletes, 40 non-athletes) randomly assigned to one of four conditions: a control task, biking in isolation, biking cooperatively with a confederate, and biking competitively against a confederate, and they completed pre- and post-test pain measures (cold pressor test, thermal scaling, and thermal pain threshold). We had three main hypotheses: (I) subjects in the competitive condition will elicit the greatest analgesic response (followed by cooperative, isolated, and control), (2) athletes will have higher pain tolerances, a greater analgesic response to the exercise conditions, and a larger rate of RPE, and (3) females will have a greater analgesic response to the exercise condition, and males would have a greater pain tolerance overall. Although most of our hypotheses were not supported, we discuss the implications and ideas for future research.
dc.description.sponsorshipHaverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10066/8998
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rights.accessHaverford users only
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcshCooperativeness -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcshCompetition (Psychology) -- Sex differences
dc.subject.lcshPain -- Physiological aspects
dc.subject.lcshPain -- Psychological aspects
dc.titleCompetition, Cooperation, and Pain Sensitivity
dc.typeThesis
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