Guest Speaker: Helena Hartmann, MSc
University Assistant, Praedoc
Social, Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience Unit
Department of Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods
University of Vienna
Talk Title: Another’s Pain in my Brain: Effects of Spatially-Specific Placebo Analgesia on Somatosensory Responses during First-Hand and Empathy for Pain
Abstract: How do we empathize with another person in pain? And what role does our own pain perception play? My PhD research focuses on the behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying shared representations between first-hand and empathy for pain. This theory states that sharing of other people’s emotions relies on neural processes similar to those engaged when directly experiencing such emotions. In my talk I will present a preregistered fMRI study where I used a localized placebo analgesia induction to shed more light on the role of the somatosensory versus the affective component of first-hand pain processing during empathy for pain.
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