Comparing A Brief Self As Context Exercise Control Based And Attention Placebo Protocols For Coping With Induced Pain

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Comparing a Brief Self-as-Context Exercise to Control-Based and Attention Placebo Protocols for Coping with Induced Pain Introduction Comparing a Brief Self-as-Context Exercise to Control-Based and Attention Placebo Protocols for Coping with Induced Pain are two analogue studies that were conducted on college students.This study was conducted due to the large amounts of research that is dedicated to understanding commitment therapy and diagnostic approach based on a unified model of human functioning that promotes psychological flexibility. (ACT; Hayes et al. 2012).It examines the relative impact of a brief exercise for enhancing the contextual self on pain tolerance by comparing it to control-based and attention-placebo protocols. It…show more content…
2005). In addition, to the questionnaire scores they also interviewed the participants to ensure that they had no physical injuries or limitations that would prevent them from submerging their hand in cold icy water. The researchers then collected four pain-related measurements derived from other studies (Hayes et al. 1999a , b; Zettle et al. 2005) during each of two presentations of the cold pressor. Then each protocol provided a rationale about pain and its management that the college participants listened to through headphones. This was done so that there would be a minimum amount of possible experimenter bias during the study. During the second experiment similar steps were taken but at the end of the experiment three additional questions were asked to evaluate what they participants may have learned. The three questions were: 1. Please describe what you did to cope with pain during the second cold pressor. 2. What suggestions, if any, did you use from the CD presented to you? 3. How were the suggestions useful to you while participating in the second cold pressor? Results Means and standard deviations for value and utility scale ratings of protocols Value Utility Protocol M SD M SD 1. G-SAC 6.15 4.13 6.41 3.62 2. CB 8.00 2.66 8.13 2.91 3. AP 5.80 3.32 6.02 3.74 4.C-SAC 8.68 3.76 7.66 3.76 Statistical Analyses F 3.51 1.77 p 0.02 0.16 np2 .11 .06 Comparisons 4>3 N/A Outcome 1 Characteristics of participants in the two studies

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