- •Motivational aspects impact pain-related outcomes in healthy subjects.
- •Introducing a competing, approach-reward does not impact pain-related fear.
- •Presenting a competing, approach-reward goal attenuates avoidance behavior.
- •Avoidance behavior is associated with both pain-avoidance and approach-reward goals.
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The work was conducted at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
This study was supported by the research grant “Pain-Related Fear in Context: The Effects of Concomitant Non-pain Goals and Goal Conflicts on Fear Responding in the Context of Pain” funded by the Research Foundation–Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek [FWO] Vlaanderen), Belgium, granted to G.C. and J.W.S.V. (grant ID: G091812N). The contribution of A.M. is supported by an EFIC-Grünenthal Research Grant (E-G-G ID: 169518451) and a postdoctoral research fellowship of the Research Foundation−Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen), Belgium (grant ID: 12E3714N).
The authors report no conflict of interest.