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Alone but Feeling No Pain

Title: Alone but Feeling No Pain: Effects of Social Exclusion on Physical Pain Tolerance and Pain Threshold, Affective Forecasting, and Interpersonal Empathy.
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Name(s): Dewall, C. Nathan, author
Baumeister, Roy F., professor directing thesis
Joiner, Thomas, outside committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Prior findings of emotional numbness (rather than distress) among socially excluded persons led us to investigate whether exclusion causes a far-reaching insensitivity to both physical and emotional pain. Experiments 1-4 showed that receiving an ostensibly diagnostic forecast of a lonesome future life reduced sensitivity to physical pain, as indicated by both (higher) thresholds and tolerance. Exclusion also caused emotional insensitivity, as indicated by reductions in affective forecasting of joy or woe over a future football outcome (Experiment 3), as well as lesser empathizing with another person's suffering from either romantic breakup (Experiment 4) or a broken leg (Experiment 5). Mediation analyses confirmed the link between insensitivities to physical and emotional pain.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-0751 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: Date of Defense: February 18, 2005.
Keywords: Physical Pain, Rejection, Social Exclusion, Empathy, Affective Forecasting, Emotion
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Roy F. Baumeister, Professor Directing Thesis; Thomas Joiner, Outside Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0751
Owner Institution: FSU

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Dewall, C. N. (2006). Alone but Feeling No Pain: Effects of Social Exclusion on Physical Pain Tolerance and Pain Threshold, Affective Forecasting, and Interpersonal Empathy. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-0751