Research Group Leader
My research interests and expertise revolve around placebo responses and brain mechanisms involved in pain control. In my research group, we use various neuroimaging techniques to study the neural correlates of chronic pain and treatment mechanisms.
My main research interests are the psychological and social contributions to pain in both adults and children. I am particularly interested in fear of pain, the behavioral responses to pain and the interaction between the patient and his or her context. I work in the NSSI project which compares pain mechanisms between people who engage in self-harming behaviors, people with fibromyalgia and healthy controls.
My overall research aim in my PhD project is to investigate how expectations can shape pain perception in different experimental settings and if there is a difference between healthy individuals and patients. I will compare placebo responses in people with fibromyalgia, people with dementia and healthy individuals using different methods including behavioral, psychophysiological and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I am particularly interested in how cognitive functioning can affect the ability to create expectations about pain relief.
I have been a PhD student in Karin Jensen’s lab since 2018. The goal of my research project is to understand why self-injurers tend to have a decreased sensitivity to pain (hypoalgesia). To this end I will use quantitative sensory testing and fMRI. I will also study patients with fibromyalgia, a condition that is associated with heighten pain sensitivity (hyperalgesia).
I have a MSc in both psychology and philosophy and have a general interest in the methodology, epistemology and ontology of pain research.
In my research, I'm particularly interested in how large-scale human brain networks dynamically configures during short time-periods following evoked pain. I'm also involved in a long-term project to characterize factors that differentiates those that develop and those that do not develop chronic pain.
Thesis student and research assistant in a research project that investigates surgeons attitudes towards non-specific treatment effects and placebo in surgery.
Key researcher in a project that investigates placebo effects in treatments for erectile dysfunction.