Our fourth New Directions Fellow will be Adam Bradley. He will use the fellowship to take coursework in neuroscience, under the guidance of Dr. Howard Fields, a pain researcher at UCSF and UC Berkeley. He aims to gain a deeper understanding of the neurophysiological processes which underlie the experience of pain, in particular its emotional and motivational aspects. The unpleasantness of pain is central to its practical and ethical importance, but existing theories of pain fail to adequately account for it. By looking in depth at recent scientific work on pain affect, Adam hopes to be able to develop a more satisfactory theory of what makes pain distinctively unpleasant.
April 28, 2017