TENS & pain sensitivity

A study on how TENS affects the experience of pain

This study will be completed in a single one hour session. In this study you will receive a series of electrical shocks to your forearm and rate your experience of pain and expectancy for pain. The maximum voltage of shock you receive on these trials will be determined by you. In some trials, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) will be active, which will pass a low voltage non-invasively through the skin. Additionally, you will complete some questionnaires to record demographic data, baseline measures of your emotional state and your previous experiences with pain.

Participants will be reimbursed $20 for their time.

This study will be conducted in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney 


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

  • Not currently experiencing any pain
  • Not currently taking pain killers
  • No previous or existing heart problems
  • Not prior experience with a TENS device 

How to participate

If you are interested in participating in this study, please email David Ng at d.ng@sydney.edu.au for more information. 


Ethics committee approval number: 2017/989