Bath Pain Forum - March 2019

Bath Pain Forum - March 2019

Posted on behalf of Bath Centre for Pain Services

Pain in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Sensation, Emotion and Behaviour

Dr. David Moore.

David Moore is a senior lecturer in psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and a co-founder of the Somatosensory and Affective Neuroscience Research group. David is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and his research interests include somatosensation in ASD (pain and gentle touch) as well as the cognitive impact of pain. Before coming to LJMU David completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bath Centre for Pain Research developing the Bath Test of Attention for Pain (Bath TAP). Prior to this, he completed his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University examining the attentional biases for faces in adults with ASD.

David will speak about how individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders experience and express pain. Recent diagnostic criteria of autism include insensitivity to pain as a specific example of this abnormality. Research evidence here is however limited. The suggestion of aberrant pain responsivity in ASD is distressing as pain may be the first or only sign of illness or injury and individuals with ASD may be at greater risk of injury or illness than their peers. During this talk I will consider what we mean when we think of pain, what it might mean to have altered pain sensitivity and some implications of misinterpreting these data. Here I will consider what we know about how painful stimuli might be experienced from the initial coding of the stimulus in the periphery to the neural coding and finally behavioural response of these individual to communicate pain. There are still a large number of questions unanswered and the reasons for or implications of altered pain perception in autism are still unknown

19 Mar 2019 at 4:00pm
until 19 Mar 2019 at 5:00pm

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