- •A threatening social context facilitates differential acquisition of pain-related fear.
- •The facilitation is evident in self-report and psychophysiological indices of fear.
- •A threatening social context leads to contextual fear.
- •Social context does not affect pain intensity ratings.
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Development of the MacBrain Face Stimulus Set (Fig 1) was overseen by Nim Tottenham and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development. Please contact Nim Tottenham at [email protected] for more information concerning the stimulus set.
This study was supported by the Odysseus Grant ‘The Psychology of Pain and Disability Research Program’ funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO Vlaanderen), Belgium, granted to J.W.S.V. (grant ID = G090208N), and an EFIC-Grünenthal Research Grant (E-G-G ID: 169518451) to A.M. In addition, A.M. is a postdoctoral researcher in FWO Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium (grant ID = 12E3714 N).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.