In the last decades, the influence of positive and negative emotions on pain experience has been investigated in many experimental studies.

The aim of our research group is - based on decades of clinical-psychosomatic or psychotherapeutic experience - to operationalize and examine the influence of suppressed or unconscious emotions on psychological constructs - in the form of experimental designs. The main focus is to explore the modulation of pain perception by suppressed or unconscious emotions by means of laboratory experimental studies. A modified paradigm is used, and pain perception is differentially assessed with self-report scales (pain intensity [NRSI], pain unpleasantness [NRSU]) and/or measurement of peripheral physiological signals, EEG, or neuroimaging.


Dr. Stephan Frisch, PD Dr. Steffen Walter, Prof. Dr. Harald Gündel

Doktorand*innen Vanessa Rebhann, Majd Ismail, Jos Langer  

Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD: The University of Arizona, Health Sciences, College of Medicine Tucson, Arizona, USA

Ryan Smith, PhD: Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Prof. Dr. Karl-Jürgen Bär
Direktor der Kliniken für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie sowie Gerontopsychiatrie und Psychotherapie am Universitätsklinikum Jena

Profilbild von Dr. med. Stephan Frisch

Dr. med. Stephan Frisch

Oberarzt | Facharzt für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie | Facharzt für Neurologie | Spezielle Schmerztherapie