attentional distraction

attentional distraction

Psychology Any of a number of techniques–eg use of video games, playing with pets, headphones with music, intended to block a Pt's perception of an unpleasant event–eg, anticipatory nausea associated with chemotherapeutics, dentist drilling. See Anticipatory side effects. Cf Relaxation training, Systematic desensitizaton.
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The vast majority of VR interventions for pain management involve the presentation of a VE in order to enhance attentional distraction from pain.
These findings may provide valuable information regarding possible treatments, such as attentional distraction programs, for individuals with a high level of fear of blushing.