publication . Article . 2010

Generating physical symptoms from visual cues: An experimental study

Ogden, J; Zoukas, S;
Open Access English
  • Published: 10 Feb 2010
  • Publisher: Routledge, Francis & Taylor
Abstract
This experimental study explored whether the physical symptoms of cold, pain and itchiness could be generated by visual cues, whether they varied in the ease with which they could be generated and whether they were related to negative affect. Participants were randomly allocated by group to watch one of three videos relating to cold (e.g. ice, snow, wind), pain (e.g. sporting injuries, tattoos) or itchiness (e.g. head lice, scratching). They then rated their self-reported symptoms of cold, pain and itchiness as well as their negative affect (depression and anxiety). The researcher recorded their observed behaviour relating to these symptoms. The results showed t...
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