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Effect of Acceptance Versus Attention on Pain Tolerance: Dissecting Two Components of Mindfulness
Wang, Yuzheng1,2; Qi, Zhenzhen1; Hofmann, Stefan G.3; Si, Mei4; Liu, Xinghua1,5; Xu, Wei6
First AuthorWang, Yuzheng
Correspondent Emailxinghua liu
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ObjectivesPrevious studies have shown that brief mindfulness trainings can have significant analgesic effects. However, the effects of the various components of mindfulness on pain analgesia are not well understood. The objective of this study was to examine the effects of two components of mindfulness interventionsattention and acceptanceon pain analgesia.MethodsOne hundred and nineteen healthy college students without prior mindfulness experience underwent a cold-pressor test to measure pain tolerance before and after the training. Pain intensity, tolerance, distress, threshold, and endurance time were also tested. The participants were randomly assigned to one of the following four conditions: (1) acceptance of pain, (2) attention to pain, (3) acceptance of and attention to pain, or (4) control.ResultsThe results showed that both the acceptance strategy and the combined acceptance and attention group increased pain endurance and tolerance after training. Furthermore, the acceptance group had longer pain endurance and tolerance times than the attention and control groups.ConclusionsThese results suggest that acceptance of pain is more important than attention to pain. Study limitations and future research directions are discussed.

KeywordMindfulness Acceptance Attention Pain Mechanism Short-term
Source PublicationMINDFULNESS
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Funding ProjectNational Science Foundation of China[31271114] ; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation ; NIH/NCCIH[R01AT007257] ; NIH/NIMH[R01MH099021] ; NIH/NIMH[U01MH108168] ; James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Initiative in Understanding Human Cognition - Special Initiative
WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Psychiatry
WOS SubjectPsychology, Clinical ; Psychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000470836600014
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Document Type期刊论文
Corresponding AuthorLiu, Xinghua
Affiliation1.Capital Normal Univ, Beijing Key Lab Learning & Cognit, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, CAS Key Lab Mental Hlth, Inst Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Boston Univ, Dept Psychol & Brain Sci, Boston, MA 02215 USA
4.Rensselaer Polytech Inst, Dept Cognit Sci, Troy, NY USA
5.Peking Univ, Beijing Key Lab Behav & Mental Hlth, Sch Psychol & Cognit Sci, Beijing 100871, Peoples R China
6.Nanjing Normal Univ, Sch Psychol, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
First Author AffilicationKey Laboratory of Mental Health, CAS
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Wang, Yuzheng,Qi, Zhenzhen,Hofmann, Stefan G.,et al. Effect of Acceptance Versus Attention on Pain Tolerance: Dissecting Two Components of Mindfulness[J]. MINDFULNESS,2019,10(7):1352-1359.
APA Wang, Yuzheng,Qi, Zhenzhen,Hofmann, Stefan G.,Si, Mei,Liu, Xinghua,&Xu, Wei.(2019).Effect of Acceptance Versus Attention on Pain Tolerance: Dissecting Two Components of Mindfulness.MINDFULNESS,10(7),1352-1359.
MLA Wang, Yuzheng,et al."Effect of Acceptance Versus Attention on Pain Tolerance: Dissecting Two Components of Mindfulness".MINDFULNESS 10.7(2019):1352-1359.
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