Have you ever felt calmed by the gentle touch of a loved one? Have you ever felt worried by the threat of pain?
If so, you have experienced examples of “affective somatosensation”, which we investigate in the Group for Research in Affective Somatosensation and Pain (GRASP).
Our research involves both basic systems neuroscience and clinical human neuroscience, from cognitive psychology to structural and functional neuroanatomy.
We investigate these questions using a range of methods which tap into various levels of the human nervous system, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), microneurography, electromyography (EMG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), laser-evoked potentials (LEPs), skin microdialysis, and autonomic measures.
The research interests of GRASP include:
- Brain correlates of affective touch and pain
- The role of peripheral tactile C (CT) afferent nerves in affective touch and pain
- The role of efferent responses in touch and pain
- The social neuroscience of affective touch
- Interactions between touch and pain
- Innervation of human skin