Pain Threshold and Discrimination of Pain Intensity during Brief Exposure to Intense Noise

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Science  09 Mar 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3506, pp. 788-789
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3506.788


Neither pain threshold nor the capacity to discriminate intensity of mild pain was significantly altered during simultaneous stimulation by intense "white" noise. These observations indicate that the reported clinical usefulness of such auditory stimulation during painful therapeutic procedures does not result from an alteration in the capacity to perceive pain.