Laura Case PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Anesthesiology at UC San Diego. She received her PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Science from UC San Diego in 2013 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying affective touch and pain with Dr. Catherine Bushnell at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIH. Laura’s research uses brain imaging, noninvasive brain stimulation, and pharmacologic manipulation to test brain mechanisms involved in painful and pleasant touch perception in healthy individuals and individuals with chronic pain. Other research interests include psychological and neural mechanisms of mind-body therapies and placebo.
Benedetta, is a cognitive neuroscientist from the 'Vanvitelli University' in Caserta, Italy, where she earned a PhD in mind sciences. Her principal interests revolve around the behavioral physiology, unraveling the mysteries of physiological models, and deciphering their relation with behavioral manifestations. In her youthful days, she fearlessly tackled rugby on the field, but now, her pastimes have gracefully transitioned to the realm of movies and the captivating world of televised sports.
Volunteer Research Assistants
Collaborating Graduate Students
Previous Lab Members
Jennifer Baumgartner PhD
Longyue Wang, Clinical Psychology and Molecular Biology
Minh-Tuyet Nguyen, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Jenna Nhean, Clinical Psychology
Benjamin Goldstein, UCSD Medical Student