Physiology and Pain Research

The CINN Pain Lab is a specialised lab dedicated to the psychophysical assessment of pain in healthy controls and patients. Our primary aims are focused on identifying individual differences in pain mechanisms that may predispose vulnerability or resilience to pain. Using thermal stimulation, alongside a variety of psychologically-orientated experiments, we are able to calibrate pain profiles for our participants, and use these to make predictions about how they respond to variety of pain-related outcomes; such as response to pain-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy or clinical outcomes after knee surgery. We are also keenly interested in understanding mechanisms of learned helplessness and building models that may help us understand why some people are predisposed to helplessness after exposure to inescapable pain.

Equipment

  • MEDOC Pathway Thermal Stimulator
  • MEDOC MR Filger for MRI Integtration
  • Mechanical Von Frey Hairs
  • Julabo Thermostatic Waterbath