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DURGANTE, Helen Bedinoto. Cognitive aspects underlying pain and neuro-physiological responsesCognitive aspects underlying pain and neuro-physiological responses. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.69, n.1, pp.48-60. ISSN 1809-5267.

Health Psychology has intensely investigated the possible cognitive factors involved in, or responsible for, individuals' physical, emotional and behavioural well-being. The studies of pain have been addressed as a major point of concern in this area because they are reliant on individual differences and susceptible to subjects' interpretations of pain. Research identified that different cognitive mechanisms play a role in individuals' reports of pain signals. The impact of cognition on individuals' perceptions of pain might even trigger neurological-driven responses which, in some cases, could be avoided by the usage of certain cognitive strategies. This paper outlines the main cognitive aspects and processes of pain and neuro-physiological responses.

Keywords : Health Psychology; Pain; Cognitive Strategies; Neuro-Physiological.

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