Shock-elicited pain and its reduction by concurrent tactile stimulation

J. David Higgins, Bernard Tursky, Gary E. Schwartz

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Human affective reactions to nociceptive electrical stimulation were attenuated by application of a tactile stimulus to the shocked site. No alteration was perceived when the same tactile stimulus was applied to a similar contralateral site. These results and a lack of alteration at sensation threshold demonstrate the effect to be more than simple masking and support the Melzack-Wall theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)866-867
Number of pages2
Issue number3985
StatePublished - 1971

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