Full Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Philip Jackson’s research aims to identify the human brain systems and networks that are involved in mentally representing others’ actions, emotions or states of mind. The techniques used include functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography (EEG), non-invasive transcranial stimulation (TMS) and several psychophysiological factors.

Studies from Philip Jackson’s lab have helped explain why those who are often exposed to people in pain, such as healthcare professionals, will rate patients’ pain differently than people who are less exposed to the pain of others. His team has identified variations in neuronal activity in the brain, which depend on professional experience, and which underlie these differences.

Fields of Interest

  • Activity and brain stimulation
  • Empathy
  • Pain
  • Physiological markers of emotions
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Social neuroscience
  • Neurological rehabilitation



Research Thrust

  • Health and Life Studies

Research Groups

  • Réseau québécois de la recherche sur la douleur

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