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Relationship between Personality Traits and Endogenous Analgesia: The Role of Harm Avoidance

Pain practice : the official journal of World Institute of Pain | 30 Oct 2014

H Nahman-Averbuch, D Yarnitsky, E Sprecher, Y Granovsky and M Granot
Abstract
Whether psychological factors such as anxiety and pain catastrophizing levels influence the expression of endogenous analgesia in general and, more specifically, the conditioned pain modulation (CPM) response is still under debate. It may be assumed that other psychological characteristics also play a role in the CPM response. The neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine are involved both in CPM, as well as personality traits such as harm avoidance (HA), novelty seeking (NS), and reward dependence (RD), which can be obtained by the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ). However, the associations between these traits (HA, NS, and RD) with endogenous analgesia revealed by CPM have not yet been explored.
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Psychology, Neurotransmitter, Neuroticism, Norepinephrine, Reward dependence, Dopamine, Temperament and Character Inventory, Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire
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