Speakers - Block 2


Ollie Robinson

"Meeting Trouble Halfway"

Kateryna Shkuropat

Pain has an important adaptive role in regulating human behavior. It initiates the activities aimed to cease the aversive stimulation and restricts those possibly threatening the recovery. Chronic pain, however, persists long after the recovery causing significant limitations in daily routines and disability. In her talk, Kateryna will talk about how fear and anxiety, which result from pain anticipation, can alter the pain perception and processing, closing the loop of chronicity.

She will also present her findings from her fMRI study which support the model of fear-avoidance for chronic pain acquisition.

"The Impact of Brain Pathology on Cognitive Systems: The Case for Neuropsychology"

Diana Caine

Cognitive neuropsychology is a discipline that derives from the classical case studies of 19th century neurology, the foundational discipline for thinking the relation between brain and behaviour. Notwithstanding more recent developments in neuroimaging including positron emission tomography, MRI tractography, and magnetoencephalography, the thoughtful study of individual cases remains an extraordinarily powerful tool for demonstrating the very specific ways in which cognitive functions, personality and behaviour can be affected by focal brain pathology.