Meaning affects our pain experience

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The context of a noxious stimulus affects the pain it evokes published in Pain 133, 1-3 64-71

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Meaning affects our pain experience

  1. 1. Los Angeles, June 2009 Meaning affects our pain experience Lorimer Moseley NHMRC Senior Research Fellow Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute & School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Team leader The GAMFI project University of Oxford, UK © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  2. 2. The context of a noxious Stimulus affects the pain it evokes Pain 133, 1-3 64-71 © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  3. 3. © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  4. 4. Manipulated meaning of nociceptive stimulus -20ºC probe © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  5. 5. Manipulated meaning of nociceptive stimulus - HOT -20ºC probe “hot” © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  6. 6. Manipulated meaning of nociceptive stimulus - COLD -20ºC probe “cold” © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  7. 7. Very cold (-20ºC) stimulus associated with a red or a blue light 10 Pain 5 0 Red Blue light light © GL Moseley Moseley & Arntz 2007 PAIN In press www.BodyInMind.com.au
  8. 8. © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au
  9. 9. Visual clues that imply more or less danger change the pain evoked by identical stimuli © GL Moseley www.BodyInMind.com.au

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