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Group leader: Corrado Corradi-Dell'Acqua

Group name: Theory of Pain Laboratory

Affiliation: Faculty of Psychology

Research activities:

image The ability of appropriately diagnosing others' pain is critical in social communities, and it is a cornerstone for an efficient health care system. Differently from most medical conditions, which are diagnosed on the basis of reliable biomarkers or radiological imaging, pain is an experience that it is difficult to quantify objectively. Consequently, it is often underestimated and undertreated, even in specialized emergency departments. The main goal of this research group is to investigate, under a multidisciplinary approach, the cognitive and neural processes underlying the diagnosis of people's pain. This line of research is at the crossroads of several subdisciplines in experimental psychology and neuroscience (affective processing, embodied cognition, decision making, theory of mind, etc.) and will combine different analytical techniques (behavioral, neuroimaging, machine-learning-algorithms, etc.). Our long-term ambition is to apply our findings to develop of new educational protocols, grounded on solid psychological and neuroscience research, focused at improving pain management in everyday life, and spefically in specialized hospital environments.

Group website: http://www.unige.ch/fapse/toplab/

Selected Publications:

  • Corradi-Dell'Acqua C., Tusche A., Vuilleumier P., & Singer T. Cross-modal representations of first-hand and vicarious pain, disgust and fairness in insular and cingulate cortex. Nature Communications USA (2016), 7, 10904.
  • Sharvit, G., Vuilleumier P., Delplanque S., & Corradi-Dell'Acqua C. Cross-modal and modality-specific expectancy effects between pain and disgust. Scientific Reports (2015), 5, 17487.
  • Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C., Hofstetter C., & Vuilleumier P. Cognitive and affective theory of mind share the same local patterns of activity in posterior temporal but not medial prefrontal cortex. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience.(2003), 9(8), 1175-1184.

Contact:
Psychology and Education Sciences, FAPSE
Départment of Psychology
Campus Biotech
Email: Corrado (dot) Corradi (at) unige (dot) ch