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Title: The effect of visual stimulation via the eyeglass display and the perception of pain
Authors: Tse, MMY 
Ng, JKF
Chung, JWY
Wong, TKS
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert Inc Publ
Source: Cyberpsychology and behavior, 2002, v. 5, no. 1, p. 65-75 How to cite?
Journal: Cyberpsychology and Behavior 
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, cross-over 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 61/2 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23045
ISSN: 1094-9313
DOI: 10.1089/109493102753685890
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