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Article: The effect of visual stimulation via the eyeglass display and the perception of pain

TitleThe effect of visual stimulation via the eyeglass display and the perception of pain
Authors
Issue Date2002
PublisherMary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.liebertpub.com/cpb
Citation
CyberPsychology & Behavior, 2002, v. 5 n. 1, p. 65-75 How to Cite?
Abstract
Hospitalization involves anxiety and pain for many people. Unfamiliar hospital settings, various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and the sight and sounds of medical procedures exacerbate pain and anxiety. By blocking off the anxiety-inducing sights and sounds of the hospital surroundings and creating a pleasant environment, an eyeglass display might be able to change the sensation and perception of pain. In this randomized, controlled, crossover study, 72 healthy university student volunteers were asked to wear a light-weight eyeglass that projected a feeling of watching a 52-inch television screen at 6 1/2 feet in distance while pain was produced by a modified tourniquet technique. Subjects were randomly assigned to participate in a V-session or B-session first, with subsequent cross-over. In a V-session, subjects were instructed to wear the eyeglass and watch the soundless display of natural scenery during the inflation. In a B-session, the eyeglass that subjects wore would project a static blank screen. During V-sessions, there was a significant increase in pain threshold (p < 0.001) and pain tolerance (p < 0.001). The degree of immersion was positively correlated with improvement in pain threshold, whereas the anxiety level was negatively correlated with improvement in pain threshold. These findings have implications for using visual stimulation as a positive adjunct to other methods of pain relief and for different pain conditions. This study was considered to be the pioneer use of visual stimulation in the local Chinese community as an adjunct to pain relief.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/67310
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dc.contributor.authorTse, MMYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, JKFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChung, JWYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, TKSen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T05:53:51Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T05:53:51Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCyberPsychology & Behavior, 2002, v. 5 n. 1, p. 65-75en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1094-9313en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/67310-
dc.description.abstractHospitalization involves anxiety and pain for many people. Unfamiliar hospital settings, various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and the sight and sounds of medical procedures exacerbate pain and anxiety. By blocking off the anxiety-inducing sights and sounds of the hospital surroundings and creating a pleasant environment, an eyeglass display might be able to change the sensation and perception of pain. In this randomized, controlled, crossover study, 72 healthy university student volunteers were asked to wear a light-weight eyeglass that projected a feeling of watching a 52-inch television screen at 6 1/2 feet in distance while pain was produced by a modified tourniquet technique. Subjects were randomly assigned to participate in a V-session or B-session first, with subsequent cross-over. In a V-session, subjects were instructed to wear the eyeglass and watch the soundless display of natural scenery during the inflation. In a B-session, the eyeglass that subjects wore would project a static blank screen. During V-sessions, there was a significant increase in pain threshold (p < 0.001) and pain tolerance (p < 0.001). The degree of immersion was positively correlated with improvement in pain threshold, whereas the anxiety level was negatively correlated with improvement in pain threshold. These findings have implications for using visual stimulation as a positive adjunct to other methods of pain relief and for different pain conditions. This study was considered to be the pioneer use of visual stimulation in the local Chinese community as an adjunct to pain relief.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherMary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.liebertpub.com/cpben_HK
dc.relation.ispartofCyberPsychology & Behavioren_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Health-
dc.subject.meshEyeglasses-
dc.subject.meshPain - diagnosis-
dc.subject.meshPerception-
dc.subject.meshPhotic Stimulation - instrumentation-
dc.titleThe effect of visual stimulation via the eyeglass display and the perception of painen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, JKF: jkfng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityNg, JKF=rp00544en_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1089/109493102753685890-
dc.identifier.pmid11990976-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-0036211158-
dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-0036211158&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpage-
dc.identifier.volume5-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage65-
dc.identifier.epage75-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000174711000007-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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