Pain and Emotion

Seeking healthy individuals between 18-55 yrs. for laboratory and brain imaging (fMRI) studies on mechanisms of pain and emotion. Volunteers receive $12-$24 per hour for participation. Studies use heat and pressure pain. Pain is always tolerable. To complete online eligibility screening, please visit this website.

Chronic Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic back pain you may be eligible to participate in a paid research study on the benefits of a novel mind-body treatment for chronic pain.  The research study consists of two MRI scan sessions 4-6 weeks apart on the CU Boulder campus, before and after treatment.  MRI is safe and non-invasive technology for measuring brain function, and participants will be given a photo of their brain to take home.  The treatment will be administered at the Interventional Pain Management clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital Denver metro campus.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Age 21-70
  • Back pain for the last 3 months or more
  • No metal in the body (for MRI safety)
  • No opioid use for more than 4 weeks in the past two years.  Opioids include common prescription painkillers, like Oxycodone, hydrocodone, meperidine, Vicodin, Percocet
  • Not pregnant due to unclear effects of MRI on a fetus

Please email for further information:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303-492-4299