The Pain Studies Lab holds numerous and regular meetings with our expert collaborators. During this visit, PhD students Serkan Pekcetin and Servet Ulas brainstormed with Dr. Diane Gromala and pain expert Dr. Owen Williamson about strategies concerning immersive virtual reality (VR)
and body image/body schema. Research has shown that some chronic pain patients have “body dysmorphia.” For example, a painful limb may feel larger than it really is, or unconscious “guarding” of painful areas may relate to a patient’s need for more interpersonal space when they
interact with others. Dr. Gromala’s NSERC Discovery Grant and Canada Research Chair are enabling Pain Studies Lab’s researchers to examine this phenomenon and to invent technological interventions that may help patients in clinical or home settings.