Charting the Brain's Pain Map: Why Mine is Different Than Yours

1 Hour (VRA) | taught by Karen Deborah Davis, PhD

Course description

Dr. Davis will discuss the ways brain imaging and behavioural measurements are used to chart "pain maps" and show differences between the way brains respond to pain.

After watching this webinar, you will learn about:

  1. The distinction between pain and nociception
  2. How we can use brain imaging to measure brain anatomy and function
  3. Some behavioural tests that are used to measure pain sensitivity
  4. The brain mechanisms underlying pain
  5. The intersubject variability in pain experience, pain interference on cognition, and how the brain reflects these behaviours.
Karen  Deborah Davis, PhD
Karen Deborah Davis, PhD
Head of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Krembil Research Institute

Dr. Davis is a professor at the University of Toronto and Head of the Division of Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience at the Krembil Research Institute. She trained as a single cell electrophysiologist and then pioneered brain imaging to study pain. Her lab combines behavioural testing, structural and functional MRI to examine chronic pain, pain-attention interactions, plasticity, disease vulnerability, treatment effects, and concussion. Dr. Davis’s work has culminated in over 175 published papers and book chapters, with over 12,000 citations and an H-index of 59, has given more than 160 invited lectures, and created a TED-Ed video “How does your brain respond to pain?” viewed nearly 1 million times.