What can fMRI tell us about how beliefs alter pain

  • Tue 13 Feb 18

    16:00 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    1.702 - Department of Psychology

  • Event speaker

    Dr. Tim Salomons - University of Reading

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

Although pain has a sensory component, it is also a complex cognitive and affective experience. Understanding the mechanisms of the cognitive and affective components of pain may provide insight into interventions aimed at reducing the suffering and disability associated with long term pain conditions. My work examines the neural mechanisms that underlie cognitive and affective modulation of pain, with particular emphasis on how the perception of control alters the experience and processing of pain. Understanding these neural mechanisms also requires examination of how we draw inferences from neuroimaging tools. I will therefore also show work from rare populations that provides critical perspective to our understanding of neural pain processing.

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