This volume offers a state-of-the-art, comprehensive account of the psychology
of pain that encompasses clinical perspectives but also basic social and
behavioral science as well as biopsychological contributions to the field.
The relatively recent focus on pain as a subjective experience has led to
dramatic improvements in our understanding of the complex psychological
processes that represent and control pain. There has also been an enhanced
understanding of the ontogenetic, socialization, and contextual determinants
of pain. Mechanisms responsible for the complex synthesis of
sensations, feelings, and thoughts underlying pain behavior have been the
target of concerted research and clinical investigation. This volume explicates
our current understanding of the current theory, research, and practice
on these complex psychological processes. We are proud of our list of
contributors that includes some of the most influential and productive pain
researchers in the world.
Although the book is primarily intended for psychologists (practitioners,
researchers, and students) managing, investigating, and studying pain, it
would also be of interest to a variety of other professionals working in this
area (e.g., physicians, nurses, physiotherapists). The book is also suitable
as a textbook for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses on the
psychology of pain.