Stronger Pain Relief When Patient and Provider Demonstrate Facial Mirroring

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: Our findings suggest that brain-to-brain concordance and facial mirroring may be a key mechanism of the patient-clinician interaction, and may support therapeutic alliance and affect the outcomes of pain treatment.

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Therapeutic alliance can develop and change over the course of a treatment program with repeated sessions. We therefore think future studies should investigate how brain concordance and how verbal and non-verbal communication changes during multiple treatment sessions. Future research should also investigate how these processes play out depending on the clinician’s approach or interaction style. For example, how does the clinicians display of (or lack of) warmth and empathy, competence, trustworthiness or likability, affect brain concordance and behavioral mirroring?

Citation:

Dynamic brain-to-brain concordance and behavioral mirroring as a mechanism of the patient-clinician interaction

BY DAN-MIKAEL ELLINGSEN, KYLIE ISENBURG, CHANGJIN JUNG, JEUNGCHAN LEE, JESSICA GERBER, ISHTIAQ MAWLA, ROBERTA SCLOCCO, KARIN B. JENSEN, ROBERT R. EDWARDS, JOHN M. KELLEY, IRVING KIRSCH, TED J. KAPTCHUK, VITALY NAPADOW

SCIENCE ADVANCES21 OCT 2020 : EABC1304

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