Brain Mechanisms of Pain and Health
The subjective experience of pain is a multidimensional experience that involves the interaction of sensory, cognitive and affective factors rendering the treatment of clinical pain challenging and often a financial burden. Therefore, it is important to develop, test and validate cost-effective, drug-free approaches to pain therapy.
The central objective of our research is to identify the specific mechanisms supporting the cognitive regulation of pain and health.
We combine validated psychophysical, psychological, pharmacologic and neuroimaging methodologies to best determine how meditation, placebo, expectations, beliefs and other cognitive manipulations affect experimentally induced and clinical pain.