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Meanings of Pain


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Tentative Table of Contents

Acknowledgements (Simon Peter van Rysewyk)

Preface (Simon Peter van Rysewyk)

Part One: Foundations in the Study of Human Pain Meanings

Sascha Benjamin Fink, ‘Uses of Experiential Pain Data’

Saulius Geniusas, ‘Limit Problems in Phenomenology of Pain: Unreal, Unfelt, and Unnoticed Pain’

Stuart WG Derbyshire, ‘Why Defining Pain Objectively Through Neuroimaging is Mistaken’

Part Two: Common Human Pain Meanings

Camila Valenzuela Moguillansky, ‘An Explication Interview Method Analysis of Fibromyalgia’

Carl L von Baeyer and Simon Peter van Rysewyk, ‘Experiential Confirmation of Pain Sensitization and Catastrophizing’

Chantal Berna Renalla, ‘Pain Placebo’

Lene Vase Toft, ‘Phenomenology and the Placebo Effect’

Drew Carter, ‘Philosophy of Secondary Pain Affect: An Anatomy of a Painful Experience’

Finn Nortvedt, ‘Phenomenology of Phantom Pain’

Jessie Dezutter, ‘Religious Understanding of Chronic Pain’

Melissa Farmer, ‘Psychophysics of Vulvodynia’

Sherrill Shelgrove, ‘Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis and Chronic Pain Experience’

Shin-Ichiro Kumagaya, ‘Pain as a Loss of

Collective Predictions: Implications from Tojisha-Kenkyu of Addicts’

Part Three: Towards Integrating Experiential and Neuroscientific Methods in the Study of Pain Meanings

Adam Croom, ‘Auditory Pain, Pleasure, and Musical Experience’

Grant Gillett, ‘Neural Plasticity and the Malleability of Pain Phenomenology’

Laura Mitchell, Mathieu Roy, ‘Pain Experience and Music’

Siri Leknes, Dan-Mikael Ellingsen, Mo

rten Kringelbach, ‘Towards Understanding Hedonics: Neuroscientific Perspectives on Pain and Pleasure’

Michel le van Quyen and Juliana Bagdasaryan, ‘Neurofeedback, Hypnosis and Pain Reduction’

Tom Neser, ‘Pain Phenomenology and Neurofeedback’



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About the Author

Simon van Rysewyk is a University Associate in the Department of Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of Tasmania. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tasmania in 2013, and from 2013 to 2014 he was a Taiwan National Science Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Brain and Consciousness Research Center and Graduate Institute of Medical Humanities, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. His interests are pain, phenomenology, experiential research methods, and medical ethics.
He is coeditor of the 2015 Springer title "Machine Medical Ethics," Vol. 74 in the series "Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering," ISBN 978-3-319-08108-3.


“Meanings of Pain offers an intriguing investigation into the implications of the psychological, sociological, and personal lived meanings of pain for the overall management of patients struggling with this chronic condition. … it may prove invaluable to the physician struggling to understand the intricacies of the patient pain experience, facilitating improved comprehensive pain therapy.” (Emily E. Smith-Straesser and Amanda M. Kleiman, Anestesia & Analgesia, Vol. 125 (5), November, 2017)

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