PI-MIND: Emotion Regulation and Pain Perception

Research aims

When faced with a sudden bout of pain, people may employ different forms of coping strategies to reduce the intensity and unpleasantness of the sensation. Such self-regulatory strategies may include distraction, suppression, mindfulness and reappraisal. However, while existing research has focused on comparing the relative effectiveness of these strategies, little is known about how they help in reducing pain. As such, in the current project, we aim to investigate the underlying psychological mechanisms behind self-regulatory strategies. It is expected that findings from this research project will further our understanding of how psychological processes affect the experience of pain, thereby helping us to refine psychological interventions for people with chronic pain.

The study

As part of the experiment, you will be asked to:

  • Fill in a few questionnaires
  • Listen to a brief audio recording
  • Judge the intensity of different thermal heat temperatures

We will record your heart rate and electrodermal activity throughout the experiment. All these procedures are commonly used in our research labs, are non-invasive and do not cause any physical harm. The study is expected to last around 2.5 hours.

Eligibility criteria

  • Aged 18 and above
  • No history of chronic pain, psychiatric or neurological disorders
  • Not currently taking any pain-related medication
  • Fluent in either English, French or German


You will receive a reimbursement of €35 for your time and effort.

If you would like any further information, please contact pimindstudy@gmail.com or shervin.vencatachellum@uni.lu.

Research projet funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche (AFR, 2017 - 2020)
ERP-17-047 PI-MIND (1)