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Kaya Peerdeman wins EPP article award

Kaya Peerdeman, PhD candidate at Andrea Evers’ research group at the Health, Medical and Neuropsychology unit, has won the EPP article award for the best academic paper of 2015-2016.

Placebo-like analgesia via response imagery

She received the award for the article entitled ‘Placebo-like analgesia via response imagery’ (European Journal of Pain, in press). In this article, Kaya Peerdeman and co-authors Antoinette van Laarhoven, Danielle Bartels, Madelon Peters, and Andrea Evers present the data of two experimental studies. These studies showed that mental imagery of reduced pain (i.e., response imagery) prior to actually experiencing pain could induce analgesia. These effects were mediated by the pain intensity participants expected to experience (i.e., response expectancies).

This research extends research on the mechanisms of placebo effects, by showing that placebo-like expectancy effects on pain can be induced not only by instructions, direct experience and observation of other people but also by mental imagery of a response.

EPP article award

Every year, the Dutch Flemish Postgraduate School For Research and Education in Experimental Psychopathology (EPP) organizes a publication contest for PhD students. The award for the best academic paper is handed out to a promising young researcher. This year, the EPP article contest was organized for the 20th time. 

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