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1 11.375 Individual Differences in Sensation and Perception As Personality Pain Thresholds • Myers et al (2001) • 54 female, 50 male undergraduate and graduate students • Cold stressor test WHY?
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2 • Social pressure-macho man • Self image • Biological differences • Social “rewards” or incentives differ by sex Another Stress Test (Fillingim, 2003) • 39 female/42 male undergraduates at the University of Alabama • Cold stressor test: keep hand in water until “you can no longer tolerate the pain” pain threshold and pain tolerance • Two incentive conditions: $ .05 for every 15 seconds in water [LOW] $1.00 for every 15 seconds in water [HIGH]
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3 Sex Difference NOT accounted for by: Monetary incentive ratings Non-monetary motivations Effort ratings Heart rate Phenomenon appears to be real
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4 Augmenters and Reducers (Asenath Petrie) Reducers Augmenters High pain threshold Low pain threshold Lower ratings of stimuli Higher ratings of stimuli Drink more coffee
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