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Human Subjects Pain Research Laboratory
 
In our research facility we conduct experimental studies designed to investigate the psychophysiological changes resulting from noxious stimulation. Our research interests are focused on the cogitive and emotional dimensions of pain, and investigations of pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods for pain management. We use a variety of methods to stimulate human volunteers, including intracutaneous electrical stimulation and air-driven pressure under computer control. Our psychophysiological measurements include heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, skin response, and pupil dilation. We also collect continuous electroencephalography (EEG) and evoked potentials (EP). We are developing additional measurement tools such as vocal audiography. In collaboration with the Center for Advanced Medical Technology we are developing methods for studying imagery of the brain while experiencing pain using functional brain imaging technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnoencephalography (MEG).
Current Studies
  Investigating the efficiency of Topical Analgesic Creams (TAC)
  Pain Report During Music Analgesia
  Noradrenergic Mechanisms and the Defense Response during painful Stimulation
  Effects of Cognitive Factors on Response to Pain
  Autonomic Nervous System and the Defense Response to Painful Stimulation