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Reward perception in chronic back pain

For our study, we are looking for people between the ages of 18 and 70 who have suffered from back pain for at least three months, as well as people without back or other pain for comparison.

Reward perception in chronic back painThe study aims to develop new approaches to prevent and treat back pain. Photo: istockphoto.com / © Rowan Jordan

What is being investigated in the study?

It is hypothesized that pain is perceived differently when the brain processes rewards differently. Rewards could thus play a crucial role in the development and maintenance of chronic pain. We are therefore investigating how individuals with back pain process reward stimuli. To do so, we compare how individuals with and without back pain respond to different rewards. With this study, we hope to develop new approaches to prevent and treat back pain.

Who can participate in the study?

We are looking for people between the ages of 18 and 70 who have been

  • either have been suffering from back pain for at least three months
  • or have no back pain or other pain.

What to expect?

  • One appointment at the CIMH (maximum three hours)
  • 35 € expense allowance and a small additional amount of money that you can earn
  • Various tasks and games on the computer
  • Recording of brain activity with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Detailed information about the results of the study

You would like to participate?

Contact us:
Simon Desch e-mail
Phone: +49 6211703 – 6304

Contact us:
Simon Desch e-mail
Phone: +49 621 1703 – 6304

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