Special Thank You To Our Research Participants

The research team of the Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience (PLAN) would like to extend their appreciation to the hundreds of women and men who have participated in research at PLAN. Without their selfless contributions it would be impossible for us to further the science of pain and emotion. Please visit the Publications page to read our published research.


Oklahoma Study Of Native American Pain Risk (OK-SNAP)

Investigators: Drs. Jamie Rhudy and Joanna Shadlow

The University of Tulsa, Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience is conducting an IRB-approved research study aimed at assessing pain processing in Native Americans. The goal of this study is to identify potential markers of risk for chronic pain in healthy (currently pain-free) Native American individuals.

This study is safe and non-invasive. Participants must be able to attend 2 testing sessions (approximately 4-5.5 hours per session). $200 compensation ($100/day) is provided.
The TU Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience is dedicated to identifying mechanisms that contribute to and/or maintain chronic pain, and to developing non-invasive methods for assessing individuals at risk for developing chronic pain conditions.

PLEASE CALL: 918-631-2175 for more information.

OK-SNAP Participant Information:

Eligible participants must:
(1) be at least 18 years of age,
(2) be in good health,
(3) have no current pain conditions (i.e., frequent, severe headaches, back pain, and/or regularly take prescription pain medications),
(4) have no health conditions that could interfere with pain testing (i.e., neurological, cardiovascular, and/or circulatory problems), and
(5) not be taking medications that influence the central nervous system (e.g., narcotic pain meds, stimulants, beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc.).
Additional eligibility criteria do apply. Please call the laboratory to see if you are eligible.


 Biofeedback Training to Control Pain Processing

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jamie Rhudy

The University of Tulsa, Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience is conducting an IRB-approved research study aimed at assessing if relaxation training can influence subjective and physiological reactions to pain.

This study is safe and non-invasive. Participants must be able to attend 3 testing sessions (approximately 3.5-4.5 hours per session). $300 compensation ($75 for the first visit, $100 for the second visit, and $125 for the third visit) is provided.

PLEASE CALL: 918-631-2175 for more information.

BT-CPR Participant Information:

Eligible participants must:
(1) be at least 18 years of age,
(2) be in good health,
(3) have no current pain conditions (i.e., frequent, severe headaches, back pain, and/or regularly take prescription pain medications),
(4) have no health conditions that could interfere with pain testing (i.e., neurological, cardiovascular, and/or circulatory problems), and
(5) not be taking medications that influence the central nervous system (e.g., narcotic pain meds, stimulants, beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc.).
Additional eligibility criteria do apply. Please call the laboratory to see if you are eligible.


Physiological Pain Reactivity Associated with Risky Behaviors

Principal Investigators: Dr. Jamie Rhudy, Cassandra Sturycz, and Natalie Hellman (Doctoral Students)

The University of Tulsa, Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience is conducting an IRB-approved research study aimed at assessing the effects of risky behaviors on pain perception in healthy individuals. The goal of this study is to identify potential effects of risky behaviors on pain mechanisms.

This study is safe and non-invasive. Participants must be able to attend 1 testing session (approximately 3.5-4 hours). $50 compensation is provided.

PLEASE CALL: 918-631-2175 for more information.

NAP Participant Information:

Eligible participants must:
(1) be at least 18 years of age,
(2) be in good health,
(3) have no current pain conditions (i.e., frequent, severe headaches, back pain, and/or regularly take prescription pain medications),
(4) have no health conditions that could interfere with pain testing (i.e., neurological, cardiovascular, and/or circulatory problems), and
(5) not be taking medications that influence the central nervous system (e.g., narcotic pain meds, stimulants, beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc.).Additional eligibility criteria do apply. Please call the laboratory to see if you are eligible.


Enhanced Biofeedback for Musculoskeletal Pain

Investigators: Dr. Jamie Rhudy and Shreela Palit (Doctoral Student)

The University of Tulsa, Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience is conducting an IRB-approved research study that uses biofeedback to train pain suffers to regulate their pain. This treatment study is safe, non-invasive, and does not involve medication. 

Participants must have a chronic pain diagnosis, be able to attend 10 weekly treatment sessions, and willing to fill out a daily pain diary.

In addition to receiving treatment at no cost, compensation up to $200 will be provided.

Eligible participants must:

Be least 18 years of age
Have a documented diagnosis of chronic musculoskeletal pain (e.g., low back pain)
Have access to a computer or smartphone (to complete daily diaries)
Not have persistent feelings of numbness in hands and feet
Not have difficulty being able to feel or sense things
Additional eligibility criteria do apply.  Please call the laboratory to see if you’re eligible.

PLEASE CALL: 918-631-3565 for more information.


Influence of Point-Of-View on Physiological Pain Reactions

Investigators: Dr. Jamie Rhudy and Edward W. Lannon (Doctoral Student)

The University of Tulsa, Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience conducted an IRB-approved research study aimed at assessing reactions to electric stimuli while your point-of-view is altered through video goggles.  The goal of this study was to measure physiological and behavioral reactions to electric stimulations while your point-of-view is manipulated using video goggles.

This study was safe and non-invasive. Participants attended 1 testing session (approximately 2-2.5 hours per session). $25 compensation was provided.
The TU Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience is dedicated to identifying mechanisms that contribute to and/or maintain chronic pain, and to developing non-invasive methods for assessing individuals at risk for developing chronic pain conditions.

This study is no longer actively recruiting participants. 

PLEASE CALL: 918-631-2175 for more information.

POV Participant Information:

Eligible participants were:
(1) be at least 18 years of age,
(2) be in good health,
(3) have no current pain conditions (i.e., frequent, severe headaches, back pain, and/or regularly take prescription pain medications),
(4) have no health conditions that could interfere with pain testing (i.e., neurological, cardiovascular, and/or circulatory problems), and
(5) not be taking medications that influence the central nervous system (e.g., narcotic pain meds, stimulants, beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety, etc.).Additional eligibility criteria do apply. Please call the laboratory to see if you are eligible.