CANLab News

November 12, 2015
Power of Perception in Chronic Pain
Tor discusses pain pathways, placebos and perception in an article for APS.
November 5th, 2015
Can Americans Harness Their Weird Susceptibility to the Placebo Effect?
Tor and graduate student Scott Schafer's work on placebos was mentioned in this Inverse article.
Hack My Brain
Watch Tor teach brain-hacker Todd Sampson how to mentally regulate his pain in this new series, Hack My Brain!
October 18th, 2015
Placebo and Chronic Pain
Check out this new article on The Fix, which features Tor and the lab's work!
August 21, 2015
We know how down you feel
The lab's recent discovery of a neural signature for negative emotion was covered in Quartz and the Daily Camera. Read Quartz's article here and the Daily Camera's here.
July 8th, 2015
Top of Mind
Dr. Wager was featured on the radio show Top of Mind with Julie Rose, in which he discussed the power of emotion and situation to moderate pain.
Neuroscience in court
Tor's work is mentioned in an article that explores the interaction of neuroscience and law.
A Brain signature of emotion-linked pain
Tor and graduate student Wani Woo's work is featured in a New Scientist article. Read it here.
November 20, 2014
Comparing physical and social pain
A recent CANlab paper by PhD candidate Wani Woo was featured by New York Magazine. Read the article here!
October 15, 2014
Pain in the Brain
The lab's research was featured on Vox.com! Click here to read the full article about measuring pain.
September 12, 2014
fMRI Image Acquisition and Analyses Course
Dr. Wager will co-lead a course on fMRI Image Acquisition and Analyses from October 16-18. Hosted by the Mind Research Network, the course will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit MINDSET for more information and registration.
February 28, 2014
The Power of the Placebo
BBC aired an hour-long feature on the placebo effect and our work on pain perception. Tor and Jake demonstrate this starting at 22 minutes and Tor can be found rock climbing 36 minutes in.
September 11, 2013
NEJM article featured in Scientific American Mind
Scientific American Mind September 2013 issue features an article about the NEJM article. Check it out here!
August 15, 2013
Tor featured in CU Connections article.
Tor was recently interviewed about his research by CU Connections, the University's newsletter. Check out the story here!
April 11, 2013
NEJM article gets media coverage far and wide!
The research published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Tor, Lauren, and Wani received media attention from various sources including; NPR, The Daily Camera, the Associated Press, Brazil's TV Globo, and many more.
March 19, 2013
CANLab research featured in Scientific American Mind article
Tor Wager and Lauren Atlas were interviewed about their recent paper "How expectations Shape Pain" (Neuroscience Letters) for the article "Scientists Decipher the Healing Powers of Placebos" in the March/April publication of Scientific American Mind. A preview of the article can be viewed here.
December 13, 2012
Social and Affective Neuroscience Society Innovation Award
Congratulations to Tal Yarkoni and Tor Wager on their award-winning Neurosynth paper! The SAN Innovation Award recognizes a particular article authored by a SAN member and published in a scholarly outlet that makes a contribution likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social and affective neuroscience.
December 3, 2012
CANLab partners to run Contemplative Neuroscience event for the public
Yoni Ashar and Boulder Soul Food partnered to run a local outreach event at Boulder's brain imaging center. The event included scanning a Rabbi's brain during meditation task followed by a presentation on recent Contemplative Neuroscience research. It was written up in the Daily Camera, Boulder's main local newspaper.
December 1, 2012
CANLab research featured on 60 Minutes Australia
A short on placebo effects -- we're featured about 9 minutes in!
May 14, 2012
Congratulations to former students Lauren Atlas, Jason Buhle, and Julie Spicer on graduating!
February 14, 2012
A Compassionate Valentine's Day
Our ongoing research on the neural correlates of Compassion and Compassion Meditation was covered by a local science news show program on Valentine's Day. The discussion of our research begins halfway into the episode.
February 6, 2012
Distraction and Placebo : Two Separate Routes to Pain Control
As reported on PsychCentral: A new study challenges the theory that the placebo effect is a high-level cognitive function. The results could help clinicians maximize pain relief without drugs. For the study, researchers reduced pain in two ways: either by giving participants a placebo or a difficult memory task. But when they put the two together, "the level of pain reduction that people experienced added up. There was no interference between them," says Jason T. Buhle of Columbia University. "That suggests they rely on separate mechanisms."

Coverage on The Huffington Post, ScienceDaily, PsychCentral, My Health News Daily, and Australian radio.
March 28, 2011
Rejection really does hurt!
In a recent study, we found when that rejection is powerfully elicited (by having people who recently experienced an unwanted break-up view a photograph of their ex-partner as they think about being rejected) areas that support the sensory components of physical pain (secondary somatosensory cortex; dorsal posterior insula) become active. In other words, heartache may be "more than just a metaphor."

Coverage on NYTimes, CNN, MSNBC, LA Times, National Geographic, and more.

January 6, 2011
The CANLab is looking for volunteer RAs
The Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience lab is looking for motivated volunteers interested in gaining research experience in the lab at UC-Boulder. Volunteer research assistants in our lab gain experience running psychology experiments, organizing laboratory resources, analyzing data, and more. Being a research assistant is a great experience for students planning to go onto graduate or medical school. For more information about volunteering in our lab, please email Tor Wager.