Rich Harrison

Rich Harrison
University of Reading · School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

PhD

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Introduction
I am currently working as a postdoctoral research assistant in the CINN Pain Lab at the University of Reading. My interests are broadly focused on individual differences in pain sensitivity, with particular attention to predictive assessments, and identifying those who are at risk of developing chronic pain. I also work extensively with collaborators at the Royal Berkshire Hospital to integrate novel and up-to-date research with clinical practice
Additional affiliations
October 2015 - August 2018
University of Reading
Position
  • Project Supervisor
Description
  • Responsible for supervising BSc (x10) and MSc (x2) level psychology students in the completion of their final year projects
September 2015 - September 2019
University of Reading
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2015 - present
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • I work on integrating research into clinical practice, and specifically, applying presurgical assessments to patients before surgery to attempt to identify biomarkers for pain vulnerability
Education
September 2015 - September 2018
University of Reading
Field of study
  • Psychology/Neuroscience
September 2013 - September 2014
University of Reading
Field of study
  • Clinical Aspects of Psychology
September 2006 - July 2010
University of Surrey
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (16)
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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) increase the likelihood of reduced physical and psychological health in adulthood. Though understanding and psychological management of traumatic experiences is growing, the empirical exploration of ACEs and physical clinical outcomes remains under-represented and under-explored. This topical review aimed to hig...
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Introduction: Conditioned pain modulation (CPM) is a psychophysical assessment used to estimate the efficiency of an individual's endogenous modulatory mechanisms. Conditioned pain modulation has been used as a predictive assessment for the development of chronic pain and responses to pain interventions. Although much is known about the spinal cor...
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Introduction: Central sensitization (CS) was first defined in animal studies to be increased nociceptive responsiveness due to sensitization of neurons in the central nervous system, usually the result of prolonged nociceptive input or a disease state. Recently, the concept of CS has been adopted in clinical assessments of chronic pain, but its di...
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According to standard philosophical and clinical understandings, pain is essentially a mental phenomenon (typically, a kind of conscious experience). In a challenge to this standard conception, a recent burst of empirical work in experimental philosophy (e.g. by Sytsma and Reuter [1-3]) purports to show that people ordinarily conceive of pain as an...
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Introduction: Evidence suggests that attention to pain is a product of both incoming sensory signals and cognitive evaluation of a stimulus. Intrinsic attention to pain (IAP) is a measure that captures an individual's natural tendency to attend to a painful stimulus and may be important in understanding why pain disrupts cognitive functioning in s...
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By definition, pain is a sensory and emotional experience that is felt in a particular part of the body. The precise relationship between somatic events at the site where pain is experienced, and central processing giving rise to the mental experience of pain remains the subject of debate, but there is little disagreement in scholarly circles that...
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Purpose Planned interim analysis of GENESIS; a prospective pilot study investigating the role of genicular artery embolization (GAE) in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee using permanent microspheres. Methods Thirty-eight patients, median age = 60 (45–83), attended for GAE using 100–300 μm permanent microspheres. All patient...
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According to standard philosophical and clinical understandings, pain is essentially a mental phenomenon (typically, a kind of conscious experience). In a challenge to this standard conception, a recent burst of empirical work in experimental philosophy (e.g. by Sytsma and Reuter [1-3]) purports to show that people ordinarily conceive of pain as an...
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The amygdala is central to emotional processing of sensory stimuli, including pain. Because recent findings suggest that individual differences in emotional processes play a part in the development of chronic pain, a better understanding of the individual patterns of functional connectivity that make individuals susceptible to emotionally modulated...
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Philosophers often assume that folk hold pain to be a mental state. However, folk also assign pains bodily locations: unlike most other mental states, pains are held to exist in arms, feet, etc. This has led some to talk of the “paradox of pain,” whereby the folk notion of pain is inherently conflicted. Recently, several authors have rejected the p...
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Mindfulness-based training reduces pain in clinical and experimental settings. Evidence suggests that these beneficial effects are facilitated via an increased focus on the present moment and a reduced emotional enhancement of pain. Most of the existing literature has focused on mindfulness as a learned skill and on the neural mechanisms that under...
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Perspective: To examine whether sex and gender affect willingness to participate in pain studies, we assessed gender identification in male and female participants, then attempted to recruit them to participate in a pain study. Males who agree to participate in pain studies are significantly higher in masculine gender identification than males who...

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To identify predictive biomarkers for pain sensitisation in an experimental study utilising thermal stimulation, brain imaging and cognitive behavioural therapy