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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Participants wanted for phantom pain research

The School of Psychological Sciences and the Department of Physiology, Monash University, in collaboration with Caulfield Hospital, are investigating the relationship between limb awareness and chronic pain.

We are seeking individuals between 18 – 65 years of age who have had a lower limb amputation on one side of the body and who experience phantom limb sensations (painful or non-painful) at least once a month. Healthy, pain-free participants are also welcome to apply. 

The study involves a limb matching task in which participants are asked to align the position of both arms, without looking at them. You will then be asked to do two other tasks that involve judging the laterality of hands or feet on a computer screen, and viewing other images which may induce the perception of a movement illusion.

The study will be conducted at Monash University, Clayton campus, usually taking 2 - 2.5 hours. Participants will be financially reimbursed $15 per hour for their time (plus travel/parking costs for non-staff/students).

This study has approval from the Alfred Health Human Ethics Committee and the Monash University (CF13/2696 - 2013001409).

If you are interested in taking part, or have further questions, please feel free to contact us (details below).

Mr Anthony (Tony) Tsay - PhD student

Ms Ilva Grond - Research student 

Dr Melita Giummarra - Supervisor and Research Fellow

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