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Pain. 1991 Jan;44(1):69-72.

The effects of experimenter gender on pain report in male and female subjects.

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Psychology Dept., State University of New York, Stony Brook 11794-2500.


An experiment was conducted that investigated the effect of experimenter gender on the report of pain of male and female subjects. In order to evoke gender-related motives, experimenters were selected for their attractiveness. Subjects were asked to rate cold pressor pain in front of either a male or female experimenter. The results indicated that males reported significantly less pain in front of a female experimenter than a male experimenter. The difference in female subjects was not significant although they tended to report higher pain to the male experimenter.

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