Executive Functions and Pain A Systematic ReviewBunk, S., Preis, L., Zuidema, S., Lautenbacher, S. & Kunz, M., 2019, In : Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie. 30, 3, p. 169-196 28 p.
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A growing body of literature suggests that chronic-pain patients suffer from problems in various neuropsychological domains, including executive functioning. In order to better understand which components of executive functioning (inhibition, shifting and/or updating) might be especially affected by pain and which mechanisms might underlie this association, we conducted a systematic review, including both chronic-pain studies as well as experimental-pain studies. The chronic-pain studies (N = 57) show that pain is associated with poorer executive functioning. The findings of experimental-pain studies (N = 28) suggest that this might be a bidirectional relationship: Pain can disrupt executive functioning, but poorer executive functioning might also be a risk factor for higher vulnerability to pain.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie|
|Early online date||6-Sep-2019|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- executive functioning, inhibition, shifting, updating, pain, EMOTIONAL DECISION-MAKING, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE, WORKING-MEMORY, OLDER-ADULTS, NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE, FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS, RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS, MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN, SELECTIVE ATTENTION