The mechanisms of pain tolerance and pain-related anxiety in acute pain

Alina Cimpean, Daniel David

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This study emphasizes the role of pain catastrophizing and state anxiety on pain tolerance and pain-related anxiety. Response expectancies for pain tolerance and pain intensity were tested as potential mediators. A cold-pressor task was used on a healthy sample. Measures were taken before and after cold-pressor procedure, while aversive versus neutral information regarding the cold-pressor task was given prior to the pain induction. An exploratory path model was conducted. Similar paths for pain tolerance and for pain-related anxiety were shown in aversive condition. Also, psychological measures may explain pain experience in aversive context.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Psychology Open
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2019


  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • cold-pressor task
  • pain tolerance
  • pain-related anxiety


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