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Podcast #60 – Can VR Technology Alter Pain Perception?

Can VR tech alter pain perception?

Can virtual reality technology affect pain perception? Well, yeah. Catherine Cowey and I discuss a fun study about this co-authored by Lorimer Moseley in 2015 in the Psychological Science Journal. The researchers used VR technology to give subjects (with a history of neck pain) the illusion that they had moved their neck more or less than they actually had. As they hypothesized, this had an effect on their perception of pain. We also reviewed this study on our yoga and movement research site yamresearch.com.

Catherine Cowey is a personal trainer and lecturer in San Francisco. 



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