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Learning to predict pain: differences in people with persistent neck pain and pain-free controls We aimed to determine whether people with chronic neck pain show deficits in expectancy learning relative to pain-free controls. We found evidence for our first hypothesis observing less differential pain-expectancies for the people with persistent neck pain as compared to pain-free controls, suggesting reduced efficacy in identifying predictors of pain. Some preliminary support was also found for overgeneralization of pain-expectancies relative to controls, in that generalization gradients were flatter in the patient group. Contrary to our final hypotheses, people with neck pain did not show reduced extinction learning. These findings may be relevant to understanding behavioral aspects of chronic pain, however prospective studies are needed. #science #chiropractor #chiropractic #research #education #evidence based #patient centered #interprofessional #collaborative #rehabilitation #public health #spinal health #musculoskeletal health #ethics #pain #function #disability #QOL #knowledgetranslation

 

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