Centre for Pain Research

Decoding of facial expressions of pain

Shan Wang, PhD Research Student

I am interested in how pain is communicated nonverbally, in particular through facial expressions. Facial expressions are one of the most important channels to communicate pain. However, we do not know much about how we detect other’s pain from their facial expressions and what information we need to perceive pain from other’s faces. My PhD focuses on investigating how facial pain expressions are decoded as visual stimuli, and the role of different types of visual information plays in the decoding procedure. I am also interested in the influence of individual factors on the perception of pain expressions, for example, the sex differences. My PhD project adopts quantitative research methods, and consists of a series of lab-based experimental studies.