How others shape our pain

16 September 2022 - 11:00

Vijay Patel Building, Lecture Theatre 4.05, De Montfort Uni

Event duration: 60 minutes 


Many of us will have experienced the impact a gentle touch, or words of reassurance, can have on the pain we experience. 

New research into “social placebo effects” is uncovering how psychology (our thought processes around pain and relating to others) and neuroscience (the hormones that help reduce pain, such as oxytocin) can provide a deeper insight into how others shape and alleviate our pain. 

In this Agricultural, Medical and Biological Sciences Award Lecture, Charlotte Krahé from the University of Liverpool will reiterate how the power of touch is instrumental in reducing pain and distress plus improving the quality of our relationships.