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Oct 08

Pain Lab @ IASP World Congress on Pain 2016, Japan

Dr. Chris Shaw and Dr. Diane Gromala at the Yokohama Convention Center, site of the 16th World Congress on Pain.

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The Pain Studies Lab members presented two posters at the IASP’s (International Association for the Study of Pain’s) 16th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan on September 27th and 30th.
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is an international learned society promoting research, education, and policies for the knowledge and management of pain. The IASP was founded in 1973 and publishes the scientific journal Pain. Currently, the IASP has more than 7,900 members from 133 countries.

More than 4,400 health professionals, researchers, and practitioners participated in this year’s plenary sessions, workshops, and poster sessions that define the cutting edge of pain research and treatment.

Lab Founder Dr. Diane Gromala presented Two Paradigms of Designing Virtual Reality for Chronic Pain Patients: Pain Self-Modulation vs. Pain Distraction. This poster introduced two paradigms we have investigated that may help Chronic Pain (CP) patients better self-manage their pain through Virtual Reality (VR) technology: pain distraction and what Dr. Gromala terms “pain self-modulation.” Two immersive VR environments, each of which represents a paradigm, were designed, built and tested in the Pain Studies Lab: Virtual Meditative Walk and Möbius Floe.
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Citation: Two Paradigms of Designing Virtual Reality for Chronic Pain Patients: Pain Self-Modulation vs. Pain Distraction. Xin Tong, Diane Gromala, Weina Jin, Pam Squire. 16th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan.

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Dr. Chris Shaw presented AS IF, a serious game designed by Pain Studies Lab members Weina Jin, Xin Tong and Servet Ulas. The goal of this game is to foster the empathy and understanding towards chronic pain patients’ situations. AS IF simulates the bodily motion limitations of a chronic pain patient and displays pain visualizations on a player’s avatar, that is, their virtual body.

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Citation: AS IF: an Empathy Game for Chronic Pain. Weina Jin, Servet Ulas, Xin Tong, Dr. Diane Gromala, Dr. Chris Shaw.16th World Congress on Pain in Yokohama, Japan.

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