Reading Emotions Symposium
4-5th June 2015 

W h e r e ' s   t h e   O u c h  ?
Distinguishing Emotional and Physical Pain

A string of high profile neuroimaging papers have pointed to similarities between patterns of activation elicited by physical pain (the “pain matrix”) and emotional stressors like social rejection. These papers have sparked a vigorous debate about the meaning of these apparent similarities. Are they evidence that social exclusion and other negative emotional experiences are experienced as painful or do they reflect common processes that are unspecific to physical pain? If these responses are non-specific, why has neuroimaging struggled to identify the mechanisms that underlie unique experiential aspect of physical pain?
The purpose of this symposium is to bring together experts in the fields of pain, social and affective neuroscience to examine how emotional and physical pain are distinct and how we might refine our methodology to detect these differences and better understand similarities.

P r o f e s s o r   G i a n d o m e n i c o   I a n n e t t i

Director of Iannetti Lab for Human Sensory Neuroscience and Pain Perception
University College London

P r o f e s s o r  C l a u s  L a m m 

Head of the Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Unit
University of Vienna  

D r   S i r i   L e k n e s

Director of Hedonic Pharmacology Laboratory
University of Oslo 

D r   T i m   S a l o m o n s   ( c h a i r )

Director of Pain, Affect and Cognition Laboratory
University of Reading

P r o f e s s o r   I r e n e   T r a c e y

Director of FMRIB, Head of Nuffield Department of Anesthetics
University of Oxford  
Curriculum Vitae

P r o f e s s o r   T o r   W a g e r

Director of the Cognitive and Affective Control Laboratory
University of Colorado    


M e t h o d o l o g i c a l   M a s t e r   C l a s s

The second day will feature a limited enrolment Master Class
focusing on neuroimaging methodology 

Dr. Jonathan Brooks

University of Bristol

Professor Tom Johnstone (chair) 

University of Reading

Dr. Andy Segerdahl

University of Oxford

Professor Tor Wager

University of Colorado

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Attendance and Registration Deadline:   Friday 15th May 2015 
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Attendance is limited and applications will be selected on the basis of the fit of their research interests to the theme of the symposium. This event is sponsored by the EPS, and IBRO. There will be a small registration fee (£20).

Researchers at all levels are encouraged to submit abstracts (250 words) for poster presentations.  Registration fee will be waived for presenters.