Approximately 1 of every 6 adults in the United States is in pain at any given moment (Robinson, 2001). A growing body of research in pain tolerance, perception, and inhibition has been conducted throughout the past few decades. Painful stimulus has always been an interesting phenomenon, but its effect on behavior has not been extensively recognized in the experimental realm as a psychosocial mediator of behavior. It seems that pain has been regarded as merely a sensation; however, pain is more importantly a motivator. An individual experiencing pain is motivated to reduce the pain sensations and to avoid future behaviors that caused the painful experience to commence (Gray, 1999). Pain avoidance can be considered one of the strongest motivators of human behavior.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Allard, Eric S.
"The Roles of Gender and Athleticism in Pain Perception,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/7