Abstract

The Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) is a well-validated and widely used forced-choice symptom validity test. However, little is known about how TOMM performance is affected by pain. The present study evaluated the sensitivity of the TOMM to pain induced in healthy participants via the cold-presser test. Participants (n=20 per group) were administered the TOMM under one of three conditions: (1) standard instructions; (2) instructions to simulate pain-related memory deficit in pursuit of personal injury litigation; (3) while experiencing cold-induced pain. Results indicate that TOMM performance was unaffected by laboratory-induced moderate to severe pain and support the TOMM's use in evaluating clinical patients with pain.