The ability of appropriately diagnosing others’ pain is critical in social communities, and it is a cornerstone for an efficient health care system. Differently from most medical conditions, which are diagnosed on the basis of reliable biomarkers or radiological imaging, pain is an experience that it is difficult to quantify objectively. Consequently, it is often underestimated and undertreated, even in specialized emergency departments. The main goal of this research group is to investigate, under a multidisciplinary approach, the cognitive and neural processes underlying the diagnosis of people’s pain. This line of research is at the crossroads of several subdisciplines in experimental psychology and neuroscience (affective processing, embodied cognition, decision making, theory of mind, etc.) and will combine different analytical techniques (behavioral, neuroimaging, machine-learning-algorithms, etc.). Our long-term ambition is to apply our findings to develop of new educational protocols, grounded on solid psychological and neuroscience research, focused at improving pain management in everyday life, and spefically in specialized hospital environments.
Sensory-specific predictive models in the human anterior insula.
Does my pain affect your disgust? Cross-modal influence of first-hand aversive experiences in the appraisal of others' facial expressions.
Physical pain recruits the nucleus accumbens during social distress in borderline personality disorder.
Beyond unpleasantness. Social exclusion affects the experience of pain, but not of equally-unpleasant disgust.
Faculté de psychologie et sciences de l’éducation
Université de Genève