Brain Mechanisms of Pain & Health Lab

Director: Dr. Fadel Zeidan

Department of Anesthesiology

Center for Mindfulness

University of California San Diego


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What We Do

The subjective experience of pain is multidimensional and is modulated and constructed by a constellation of interactions between sensory, cognitive, and affective factors, rendering the treatment of clinical pain challenging and often a financial burden. The central objective of our research is to identify the specific mechanisms supporting the cognitive regulation of pain and health.  We also are primarily focused on assessing the processes supporting cost-effective, non-pharmacological approaches to pain relief such as mindfulness meditation.  We combine validated psychophysical, psychological, pharmacologic, and neuroimaging methodologies to best determine how cognitive techniques such as placebo, mindfulness meditation, expectations, beliefs, and other cognitive manipulations impact experimentally-induced and clinical pain.

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2019 ~ The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: An Integration of Science and Practice — an all day workshop taught by Dr. Fadel Zeidan and mindfulness-certified teachers at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Register here today!


Check out Dr. Zeidan on CBS-8 Local San Diego News — here!

Dr. Zeidan's discussion with the Dalai Lama

Dr. Zeidan's TEDx Emory presentation

Dr. Zeidan's feature on Redesign My Brain

Dr. Zeidan's presentation at the 2014 NIH Research Consortium