Project: “Experimental Pain at Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences” Journal Club.
The 2020 ‘Rewire Hines Award’ funded the creation of a Journal Club that is now used as a platform for informal brainstorming of collaborative inter-disciplinary student projects. This includes joint grant ideas between the Pain and Cognition Neuroimaging Lab directed by Dr. Natalia Egorova and academics specifically within the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and generally at the University of Melbourne. Each meeting aims at increasing the visibility of the Lab as a research facility featuring valuable experimental pain equipment and creating opportunities for joint research projects.
The series of meetings started in 2020 with the following sessions held:
Session 1: Pain & Sleep. Hosts: Dr. Natalia Egorova and Prof. Amy Jordan. 07/10/2020. We discussed the relationship between acute pain and sleep. We first talked about a paper on the effect of sleep fragmentation on pain sensitivity, followed by a discussion of possible novel interdisciplinary projects we can undertake at MSPS.
Session 2: Pain & Music. Hosts: Dr. Natalia Egorova, Dr. Jeanette Tamplin, Prof. Kat McFerran. 04/11/2020. We discussed the relationship between pain and music. We first presented a review paper on how music relieves pain, and then had a general discussion of music effects on experimental, acute, and chronic pain, including efficacy of music therapy.
Session 3: Pain & Reward. Hosts: Dr. Natalia Egorova, A/Prof Stefan Bode. 09/12/2020. We discussed the relationship between pain and reward. We first presented a paper on how humans integrate the prospects of pain and reward during choice, and then had a general discussion of the effects of pain on reward and information seeking.
The pdf of all discussed papers can be found: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/s/VlIv9yFLK9I39m3
This series of Journal Club meetings have continued in 2021, as it has shown to achieve its aims. The first 3 meetings have been very productive. Following the ‘Pain & Sleep’ session, the project now has a student working on a study investigating pain sensitivity in participants with a sleeping disorder; another PhD student has been offered a place to pursue a pain and sleep project. Resulting from the ‘Pain and Reward’ session, a Master’s student is working on an experiment to test the effect of pain on information seeking. Following the ‘Pain & Music’ session, we have planned an experiment to understand the mutual effects of pain and music on one another ( music-induced analgesia and the effect of pain on music enjoyment) and will plan to conduct it in mid 2021. Session hosts have also discussed collaborative opportunities on other projects.