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    MINDflex Training for Cognitive Flexibility in Chronic Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Cross-Over Trial


    Jacobsen, Henrik B. and Klungsøyr, Ole and Landrø, Nils I. and Stiles, Tore C. and Roche, Bryan (2020) MINDflex Training for Cognitive Flexibility in Chronic Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Cross-Over Trial. Frontiers in Psychology, 11 (604832). ISSN 1664-1078

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    Abstract

    Impairments in executive functioning are prevalent in chronic pain conditions, with cognitive inflexibility being the most frequently reported. The current randomized, cross-over trial, piloted a computerized cognitive training (CCT) program based on Relational Frame Theory, targeting improvement in cognitive flexibility. At baseline, 73 chronic pain patients completed testing on pre-selected outcomes of executive functioning, alongside IQ measures. When tested three times over the course of 5 months, there was a drop-out rate of 40% at the third time point, leaving 44 patients who had data at all time points. The results showed that there was a substantial learning effect from the MINDFLEX training and a substantial time-dependent improvement on the primary outcomes of increased flexibility, but that this could not be tied to active training. In conclusion, this small study indicated a learning effect as well as improvement on primary outcomes. Based on the current results, a larger trial with improved feasibility of training is warranted.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Copyright © 2020 Jacobsen, Klungsøyr, Landrø, Stiles and Roche. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. Cite as: Jacobsen HB, Klungsøyr O, Landrø NI, Stiles TC and Roche BT (2020) MINDflex Training for Cognitive Flexibility in Chronic Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Cross-Over Trial. Front. Psychol. 11:604832. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.604832
    Keywords: pain; Relational Frame Theory (RFT); cognitive training; far transfer; randomized controlled (clinical) trial;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15411
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.604832
    Depositing User: Dr. Bryan Roche
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2022 16:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Psychology
    Publisher: Frontiers Media
    Refereed: Yes
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