Dr. Gary B. Rollman
Work in this laboratory emphasizes behavioral studies of pain measurement and pain control in humans. In some instances, the pain is experimentally induced by noxious electrical, thermal, or mechanical stimuli. In others, the pain is due to acute or chronic pain conditions in hospital, dental clinic, and community settings. Psychophysical techniques are used to study individual differences (particularly those related to the observer's sex), the effects of endogenous pain on responsiveness to induced pain, sensory and affective components of the pain experience, models of central inhibition and plasticity, and temporal summation. More clinical studies include neuroendocrine indices of stress and psychosocial measures of affect and coping. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between experimental models of pain modulation and issues in the assessment and management of clinical pain disorders.
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