Research Interests

Prof. Dr. Martin Diers, Clinical and Experimental Behavioral Medicine,
Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, LWL University Hospital,
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


My scientific interests are the psychobiological mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes as chronic back pain and fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain as phantom limb pain. The research questions are in a variety of areas as physiology of pain and endogenous pain inhibition, attention effects, and the treatment of pain. My treatment approaches are behavioral trainings but also experimental techniques like body illusion. Of interest is the mirror box illusion, the rubber hand illusion or visual real-time-video-feedback. For the implementation of these illusions virtual reality and augmented reality are used. For the investigation of these phenomenon behavioral experiments but also techniques as electroencephalography and (functional) magnetic resonance imaging are relevant.