- •Social threat is associated with increased threat value of pain.
- •Social threat also increases aggression and reduces empathy toward others.
- •Social threat did not affect painful facial expression.
- •Social threat also did not affect pain intensity or unpleasantness ratings.
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This study was supported by the Odysseus Grant “The Psychology of Pain and Disability Research Program” funded by the Research Foundation Flanders, Belgium (FWO Vlaanderen) granted to Johan W.S. Vlaeyen. Johan W.S. Vlaeyen is also supported by the “Asthenes” long-term structural funding—Methusalem grant (METH/15/011) by the Flemish Government, Belgium. Ann Meulders is a postdoctoral researcher of the Research Foundation, Flanders, Belgium (FWO Vlaanderen; grant 2E3717). Kai Karos is a doctoral researcher supported by the Research Foundation, Flanders, Belgium (grant 1111015N).
The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.