Grant awarded for research into itching, a multisensory phenomenon

The Departments of Psychology and Nursing have been successful in a grant application to the British Skin Foundation, entitled ‘A Multisensory Approach to Itch’.

Previous research has shown that itch is a multisensory phenomenon. Did you know that listening to the sound of someone scratching can make you itch?

Now researchers at the University of Hull are launching a study into whether multisensory stimulation can also counteract and even inhibit an acute physical itch.

This study could discover simple but effective behavioural techniques for patients suffering from chronic itch, often a symptom of eczema and psoriasis.

The awarded amount of £81k will also be used to fund a 3 year PhD project in the intersection of experimental psychology and dermatology.

The PI is Dr Henning Holle, Department of Psychology, and the Co-I Dr Fiona Cowdell, Department of Nursing.

More details about the PhD opportunity, including how to apply, can be found here.

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