|TITLE:||TECHNOLOGY AND PERCEPTION|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||LAUTERBACH, CURTIS|
File Created: September 5, 2013|
Department Chair Action Date: September 6, 2013
Current Status: Expedited Approval Granted
Action Date: September 6, 2013
Approval Expiration Date: December 5, 2013
|Confidentiality||Data are not linked to individuals|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe purpose of this research is to test aspects of various forms of distraction (images, sound, motion, and attention) in an effort to find out which are the most effective in decreasing pain as this has not been researched. We will be using ice water (Cold Pressor task) to simulate pain, which has been the common method in pain research, obtain measures of pain threshold, pulse rate, and time while viewing different forms of entertainment. This data will be used to design technology that will decrease pain for those in both acute and chronic pain conditions.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYParticipants will be given informed consent and complete a survey to disqualify anyone who has any medical conditions that would be contraindicated in the use of an ice immersion of the hand. Participants will then be asked to place their non-dominant hand into a bowl of ice water (40 degrees Fahrenheit) to mimic the sensation of pain while in one of five groups. The groups will be a control, view pictures, view pictures while listening to music, watching YouTube videos, or playing an online computer game (Tower of Hanoi) to provide a better understanding of what characteristics of these different forms of distraction provides the best relief from pain and lasts the longest. During the experiment, measurements of pain intensity (use an analog scale), pain threshold (dolorimeter), pulse rate, and time will be taken every two minutes for a total of ten minutes. Participants are instructed to remove their hand from the ice water when the pain becomes intolerable but will not last longer than ten minutes. After having their hand placed in ice water for ten minutes, they will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their experiences. Then the participants will place their hand in a bowl of water at room temperature for ten minutes. Then they will be thanked for their participation.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThis study has minimal risk to participants. The benefit is gathering information that will help designers develop systems that ease patients suffering from pain.
SUBJECT SELECTIONParticipants will be volunteer students from entry level psychology courses from Missouri Western State University. Students will be given course credit for participation.
CONFIDENTIALITYParticipants will be asked to sign an informed consent. All data collected from surveys and interviews will be given a subject number ensuring that all data and results will remain anonymous. Informed consents will be kept in a secure location to keep participation confidential.
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