Dan-Mikael Ellingsen, PhD
I am a cognitive neuroscientist investigating how subjective experiences, especially of pleasure and displeasure, are shaped by externally (sensory) and internally (expectations, attention, motivational state) available information. My research focuses on the processing and regulation of pain and positive affect, placebo effects, and interactions between social relationships and hedonic feelings (pleasure and displeasure). I use techniques such as functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), measures of the autonomic nervous system, pharmacological stimulation, and self-report.
I joined the Napadow lab in Feb. 2015, as a research fellow at Massachusetts General hospital, Harvard Medical, where I am using neuroimaging techniques in combination with autonomic and psychophysical measures to understand the neurobiology of the patient-clinician encounter and how the quality of this relationship influences the outcome of medical and psychological treatment. I am also a postdoctoral researcher at Dept. of Psychology, University of Oslo, since Dec. 2014. I received my Ph.D. in Neurophysiology in 2014 from the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a M.Phil. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Oslo in 2010.
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