Science on Tap: The Neuroscience of Pain

The Kiggins Theater‘s next Science on Tap at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, is going to be a real pain. That’s because the topic is “The Neuroscience of Pain: The Good, The Very Bad, and the Ugly.” Pain is the most important and misunderstood sensory system: you cannot live without it, yet we live every day trying to avoid it. Dr. Michael Morgan cannot cure your pain (he’s not that kind of doctor), but he will explain how your nervous system codes pain, how your brain tries to control it, and how drugs provide relief. And don’t worry…his presentation will be entertaining and pain-free, especially if you listen while enjoying a craft brew from the Kiggins lobby.

Morgan is a Professor of Psychology at Washington State University Vancouver, and has studied the neural mechanisms of pain modulation for over thirty years. He earned a doctorate in Physiological Psychology from UCLA and conducted post-doctoral research in Neurology at UC San Francisco before joining the faculty at WSU Vancouver, where he’s won teaching and research awards. Dr. Morgan has also spoken about “The Neuroscience of Reality: Can You Trust Your Brain?” at several previous Science on Tap events.

Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series at the Kiggins Theatre, offered in partnership with Via Productions (“Better Learning Through Beer”) and Washington State University Vancouver. The presentation starts at 7 p.m., but the Kiggins will open its doors at 6 p.m. so you can find a seat and purchase yummy refreshments: beer, wine, soda, pizza, and theater-style popcorn and candy. Tickets are $8 in advance (click here to purchase online, or check with the Kiggins’ box office) or $10 suggested donation at the door. Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of a few dollars. Come anyway and donate what you can! Buying a ticket in advance merely confirms that you will have a seat at the event.

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