I am seeking a particular paper on pain perception in undergraduate males.
In the late 1980s, my father told me about the experiment in the paper. My recollection is that he had read it long before, perhaps when he was a medical student, in the late 1950s or early 1960s. So the paper itself is very unlikely to be as late as 1975, and is likely to pre-1965. And my recollection of somebody else’s recollection of the experiment, recounted below, has had 5½ to 6 decades of imperfect memory in two different people: errors are possible.
The experiment is about the perception of pain in undergraduates. There are buckets of iced water, at various temperatures. One at a time, undergraduates, all male (it was a while ago), plunge a hand into a bucket. The professor asks how painful it is, on a given scale, and he records the answer in his notebook.
In the other part of the experiment, there are buckets of iced water, at various temperatures. One at a time, undergraduates, all male (ditto), plunge a hand into a bucket. The professor’s very attractive assistant asks how painful it is, on a given scale, and she records the answer in her notebook.
As you might expect, the variable that best explained recorded pain levels was not the temperature of the water.
I am seeking the original paper. Google has not been my friend, which might or might not be my fault. Please, are there readers expert in this field who could point me to the paper?