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Communicating and predicting pain

A group study into predicting pain

In this study, you will act as a demonstrator who undergoes a thermal pain procedure and/or an observer who watches the procedure and makes predictions about the effectiveness of the TENS device.

While acting as the demonstrator, you will receive a heat stimulus on your wrist either with or without TENS. You will view coloured shapes on a screen and provide ratings regarding your pain.

While acting as the observer, you will watch the thermal procedure and make ratings on the computer.

During the study, your physiological response (skin conductance) will be measured, as will activity of your facial muscles, recorded via webcam (without audio).

All data will be anonymised by an ID code and video recordings of facial muscle activity will never be shared beyond the research team.

Duration: 90 minutes

Compensation: $20 an hour for your time.

Eligibility

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Are 17+ years of age
  • Are not currently be experiencing pain or taking any pain medication 
  • Are not be pregnant and 
  • Have not have previously participated in a study investigating the effect of TENS on pain
  • Have normal, or corrected-to-normal, vision.

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator: psychology.painstudy@sydney.edu.au