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Derbyshire, Stuart William George
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Derbyshire, Stuart William George

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (London), B.Sc. (Hons.) (London)

My primary research interest is pain with a particular focus on pain that occurs without obvious injury or disease. There are many clinical conditions, including fibromyalgia, low back pain and irritable bowel syndrome, where the subjective experience of pain exceeds what might be expected from the objective signs of injury or disease. We have examined these patients using functional imaging in combination with direct stimulation and using hypnosis to modify pain experience. We have also developed a series of techniques to induce pain in pain free individuals without involving a typical noxious stimulus. These techniques include suggested pain, observing others in pain and injury to a rubber hand during the rubber hand illusion.

Research Interests:
  • Pain
  • Functional neuroimaging
  • Consciousness
Recent/ Representative Publications:
  • Derbyshire SWG, Osborn J, Brown S.
    Feeling the pain of others is associated with self-other confusion and prior clinical experience.
    Frontiers in Psychiatry 2013; in press.
  • Dennis NL, Larkin M, Derbyshire SWG.
    'A giant mess' - making sense of complexity in the accounts of people with fibromyalgia.
    British Journal of Health Psychology 2013; doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12020.
  • Derbyshire SWG, Raja A.
    On the development of painful experience.
    Journal of Consciousness Studies 2011; 18: 233-256.
  • Derbyshire SWG, Whalley MG, Oakley DA.
    Fibromyalgia pain and its modulation by hypnotic and non-hypnotic suggestion: An fMRI analysis.
    European Journal of Pain 2009; 13: 542-550.