Pain Perception Of Native Americans

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Pain Perception in Native Americans
The psychological processes in the article include pain perception, and how we as humans perceive pain, how we react to it, and how we adapt to it. The article explains the pain signaling process and how pain can be amplified. For example, when we get pricked by a needle, a signal from our finger ascends through the spinal cord to reach parts of the brain. From there, we perceive pain, then we form a pain experience. Pain perception can be resulting from several factors such as the frequency of pain input, how sensitive the CNS is, How the body reacts after brain perceives and tries to send information to the injured area. A pain experience is when we have the urge to put a band aid on our injury, or be scared to get pricked from a needle again. However, each pain experience differs from one culture to the other, moreover, one person to the other. The article is conducting a research paper about pain and pain perception in different ethnic groups.
The researchers focused on pain perception for Native Americans. The researchers in the article hypothesized that Native Americans are more sensitive to pain due to higher frequency of chronic pain. In the study, in order to conduct more accurate results, two ethnic groups were used. Native Americans, and non-Hispanic Whites. The ethnic groups are from the same country, however, they might have been raised within a separate subculture. The two ethnic groups were recruited through newspapers,…
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