Why pain is not taken seriously by others: an experimental analysis

01 January 2009 → 31 December 2014
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Animal experimental and comparative psychology
    • Applied psychology
    • Clinical and counseling psychology
    • Human experimental psychology
    • Social psychology
    • Other psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Psychiatry and psychotherapy
health psychology empathy pain
Project description

The aim of the project is to investigate how and why pain is underestimated by others. We expect that observers will underestimate the pain in others when contextual information is present about possible secondary benefits of the pain behaviour as well as when more information is available that the pain does not fit whitin a traditional biomedical perspective.