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EPW21  E-Poster Walk
Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry - Part I / Pain and Treatment Options

05-Mar-2018 12:30 13:15
Abstract: PW0403
The Effect of Pain on Cognitive Flexibility Assessed With Stroop Task


Cognitive flexibility has been shown to modulate pain perception, but the relationship between cognitive flexibility and pain perception is still not clearly understood.

Objectives: The aim of the study is to identify the manner in which acute experimental pain influences the level of cognitive flexibility of our participants. 

Methods. A number of 40 subject were included in this study. We used the Stroop task as a measure for cognitive flexibility. The test consists of three tasks: naming the color, reading the name of the color and the interference condition. Every subject had to read each of the three sheets two times, the first two sheets were performed in the nonpainful condition (cold pressor task, ambient temperature) and only the interference sheet had to be read depending of the experimental condition, either in the painful condition (cold pressor test, 12° Celsius) or the non painful one. The order of the hands was counterbalanced. 

Results. The results show that there are no significant differences at the Interference task for the time (Mpain = 85.12s, Mnon-pain = 83.76), the number of corrected errors (Mpain = 1.90, Mnon-pai n= 1.9) or non-corrected errors (Mpain = 0.55, Mnon-pain = 0.39). The results are presented in Figure 1

Conclusions Acute experimental pain does not influence the performance for cognitive flexibility task.

C. Dondas 1, C. Munteanu 2, M. Iorga 3, A. Rey 4, M. Thar 4, S. Mazza 4
1University 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza ', Psychology and Education Sciences, Iasi, Romania
2"Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, General Medicine, Iasi, Romania
3University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Grigore T. Popa", Behavioral Sciences, Iasi, Romania
4University Lyon 2, Psychology, Lyon, France