Filling the Glass: optimism as a protective factor against pain-induced executive functioning impairments

Jantine Johanna Lidwina Maria Boselie

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The primary function of pain is to alert us to danger. This makes pain hard to ignore. Executive functioning – an umbrella term for cognitive processes such as memory – deteriorates as a result of pain perception. Optimistic people have a more positive outlook on life and the future. Results show that optimism protects against pain caused by deteriorating executive task performance in healthy participants. However, improving optimism in patients with chronic pain does not appear to improve executive functioning. Optimism is a promising factor that can help people lead the lives they choose, despite the pain they experience.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Peters, Madelon, Supervisor
  • Vancleef, Linda, Co-Supervisor
Award date21 Sept 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461597472
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • pain
  • optimism
  • executive functioning
  • cognitive processes
  • quality of life
  • intervention

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