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Biased perception and learning in pain

It is a general principle that we learn from experience, building expectations about the future that then affect perception. A new study focuses on how expectations influence learning about pain and shows that we prioritize information that confirms our prior expectations, leading to a self-perpetuating bias in judging the intensity of pain.

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Wiech, K. Biased perception and learning in pain. Nat Hum Behav 2, 804–805 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0468-3

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