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My work focuses on understanding the sources of disparities in pain, and the specific mechanisms by which social and cultural factors alter pain experience and pain physiology. My research targets the problem of pain disparities from two directions - investigating the different ways social factors may influence one's own pain, and also alter pain perception and empathy for others. To tackle these problems, my lab utilizes behavioral, psychophysical, and neuroimaging methodologies. I am also interested in individual differences in chronic pain and pain modulation, cross-cultural examinations of pain and empathy, and social environmental effects on health broadly defined.

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Academic Articles45
  • Boring, B. L., Maffly-Kipp, J., Mathur, V. A., & Hicks, J. A (2022). Meaning in Life and Pain: The Differential Effects of Coherence, Purpose, and Mattering on Pain Severity, Frequency, and the Development of Chronic Pain. Journal of Pain Research. Volume 15, 299-314.
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  • Boring, B. L., Walsh, K. T., Nanavaty, N., & Mathur, V. A (2021). Shame Mediates the Relationship Between Pain Invalidation and Depression. Frontiers in Psychology. 12, 743584.
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  • Mathur, V. A., Trost, Z., Ezenwa, M. O., Sturgeon, J. A., & Hood, A. M (2021). Mechanisms of injustice. Pain. Publish Ahead of Print,
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  • Kim, H., Nanavaty, N., Ahmed, H., Mathur, V. A., & Anderson, B. A (2021). Motivational Salience Guides Attention to Valuable and Threatening Stimuli: Evidence from Behavior and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 33(12), 2440-2460.
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  • Janevic, M. R., Mathur, V. A., Booker, S. Q., Morais, C., Meints, S. M., Yeager, K. A., & Meghani, S. H (2021). Making Pain Research More Inclusive: Why and How. The Journal of Pain.
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Chapters2
  • Chiao, J. Y., & Mathur, V. A. (2015). Cultural Neuroscience of Pain and Empathy. Chiao, J. Y., Li, S., Seligman, R., & Turner, R. (Eds.), Oxford University Press.
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  • Chiao, J. Y., Blizinsky, K. D., Mathur, V. A., & Cheon, B. K. (2011). CultureGene Coevolution of Empathy and Altruism. Pathological Altruism. 292-299. Oxford University Press.
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Conference Papers4
  • Rassu, F., Luedke, J., Mathur, V., & Meagher, M (2019). (161) Enhanced Suprathreshold Heat Pain Sensitivity in Healthy Hispanic Relative to Non-Hispanic White Adults: A Preliminary Examination. The Journal of Pain. 20(4), S16-S16.
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  • Boring, B., Nanavaty, N., & Mathur, V (2019). (167) Subjective Age is Associated with Temporal Summation of Mechanical Pain. The Journal of Pain. 20(4), S18-S18.
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  • Nanavaty, N., Boring, B., & Mathur, V (2019). (201) Disparities in Laboratory Pain amongst Latinx- and White-Americans. The Journal of Pain. 20(4), S25-S26.
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  • Mathur, V (2019). Social Mechanisms of Psychophysical Pain Disparities. The Journal of Pain. 20(4), S1-S1.
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Repository Documents / Preprints1
  • Kim, H., Nanavaty, N., Ahmed, H., Mathur, V., & Anderson, B. A (2021). Motivational salience guides attention to valuable and threatening stimuli: Evidence from behaviour and fMRI.
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chaired theses and dissertations
Email
vmathur@tamu.edu
First Name
Vani
Last Name
Mathur
mailing address
Texas A&M University; Psychology; 4235 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4235
USA

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