Best possible pain expectations
This project tries to determine optimal pain expectancies by investigating how their magnitude and precision affect pain and associated affective responses (e.g., disappointment/relief, trust).
Psychological factors in itch and pain
How psychophysiological factors can play a role in the experience of itch and pain, both sensations that warn us for potential threat to our body.
The role of expectancies and avoidance learning in the maintenance of somatic symptoms
Uncover behavioral and cognitive mechanisms involved in the chronification of somatic symptoms.
Open label placebo for itch
In various research projects, we investigate how open-label placebo and nocebo verbal suggestions affect itch. If our understanding of open-label placebo and nocebo effects can be furthered, the generated knowledge may then be used to develop novel clinical applications and improve existing treatments for patients suffering from itch and itch-related conditions.
The effects of stress and fear on nocebo hyperalgesia
In several research projects, we investigate what role stress and fear play in forming of nocebo hyperalgesia. Understanding the role of stress and fear in nocebo hyperalgesia, would bring us closer to finding ways to avoid nocebo effects in clinical practice.
Placebo and nocebo effects in the brain
At IPS, we are dedicated to advancing the understanding of the brain mechanisms behind the placebo and nocebo effect.
Placebo and nocebo effects in the immune and endocrine system
Expectancies have been shown to affect not only self-reported outcomes, such as pain and itch, but also physiological markers such as endocrine and immune responses.
Placebo effects in children
Research is often done with adult volunteers. This is also true for research on how placebo and nocebo effects influence medical conditions and symptoms, and wellbeing.
Therapeutic interventions to maximize placebo and minimize nocebo effects
Basic research generates a lot of knowledge on how placebo and nocebo effects work. At IPS we strive to translate this knowledge into feasible and easy to apply clinical applications and therapeutic interventions for people with chronic medical complaints or health conditions.