Pain is unpleasant but essential for survival, as it warns us of possible injury and that we need to protect ourselves from harm. However, pain can also become chronic, and contribute to long-term disability and reduced quality of life. What we now know about pain is that it is not just a sensory experience, but that the way we think and feel, as well as who we have around us can impact on pain and what we do about it. At the Bath Centre for Pain Research we have been exploring how a psychological approach can help us better understand how we experience, respond to and ultimately help people better manage pain.
The Centre is celebrating over 10 years of innovative research in pain psychology and in this Minerva lecture we will be reflecting on the contribution that we have made to the field of pain science. We will have three speakers from the Centre who will focus on a core of area of their work and show how a psychological approach has advanced how we think about pain. Each speaker will focus on the past, the present and future of pain science, and the contribution they have made.
Prof. Ed Keogh will focus on the variation in pain that seems to occur between men and women and show how social factors contribute to these differences. Dr. Abbie Jordan will consider how pain affects families, and in particular how psychology helps us understand pain in children. Prof. Eccleston will explore how a psychological approach can be used to inform how we manage pain, and reflect on how to develop better pain management interventions.
You can join the live online lecture from 18:00 – 19:00 on Wednesday 4 November 2020 by registering through Eventbrite. A link will be emailed to you before the event allowing you to view the lecture via Microsoft Teams - no account is required.