Illusory Perceptions

Postman Pat

A person, let’s say his name is Pat, views a staircase in front of him; he is delivering a parcel (Postman Pat) and must climb three flights of stairs to deliver it to flat 15. Pat has knee pain and stairs aggravate his pain. Just as Pat is surveying the stairs, a (pain-free) resident sidles passed him and makes his way up; Pat follows behind him. … [Read more...]

The search for the ‘hurt’…..in the brain?

Mind, the gap

It was quite the line up at the recent IASP conference: Tracey, Apkarian, Flor, Crombez, Iannetti, Moseley …the groupies were gathering around a melting pot of pain-full ideas. One such thought provoking notion was the search for “the ‘hurt’ in the brain”, in association with a staunch refuting of the use of the ‘pain signature’ label- a … [Read more...]

Skin: not as superficial as you think

A human foetus can do it, as can a newt, even a starfish has got it nailed; yet when it comes to you and I, regeneration is a struggle. That is not to say we can’t repair ourselves, we do so but the end result – a scar - can have a profound effect on the physical and psychological aspects of sufferer. Fiona Wood strives to change this. World … [Read more...]

How is a raven like a writing desk?

Lewis Carroll paints a picture of a world where very little makes sense; an adult wonderland seen through a child’s eyes. Yet, who is to say that what we see and the behaviours that we adopt really make sense to others? I was reading (not Alice in Wonderland this time) an interesting paper recently that suggested that when natural ambiguities … [Read more...]

Introducing Abby Tabor and pain at a distance

Abby Tabor BiM

Abby has a very posh English accent, and clearly doesn't like granola bars.  She is working as a Research Assistant with the UniSA BiM team - getting to grips with what research life entails. What brought Abby out to Oz? Having done a degree at Kings College London, Mick Thacker's pain science lectures inspired Abby to delve into what lay behind … [Read more...]