Essay Pain Perception

2102 Words Mar 17th, 2013 9 Pages
The Psychology of Pain Perception Many people in today’s society are intrigued by how differently every person can perceive painful experiences and the variances between how painful something is for one person and how it is not painful for another at all. Everyone is looking for ways to make things less painful or even “pain free”, especially in the world of athletics. Researchers have investigated the psychology of the perception of pain in many different studies, as well as the emotions expressed during the perception of pain. My aim in this research is to gain a better understanding of how different coping methods and past experiences affect our perception of physical pain. I believe that there are many different techniques that …show more content…
Effect of Manipulated State Aggression on Pain Tolerance
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