Deutsch Intern
Department of Psychology I - Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology
and Psychotherapy

Virtual Physicians and Pain

The patient-physician relation is crucial for therapeutic success. Within the current project, we investigate how the perception of physicians affects pain perception. Immersive 360° videos (presented via a head-mounted display) serve to create standardized interactions with the physicians and enable high ecological validity.



  • Käthner, I., Eidel, M., Häge, A.-S., Gram, A., & Pauli, P. (2021). Observing physicians acting with different levels of empathy modulates later assessed pain tolerance. British Journal of Health Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12553

  • Käthner, I., Eidel, M., Häge, A.-S.,Gram, A., Pauli, P. (2019, October). Schmerzmodulation durch die Wahrnehmung unterschiedlich empathischer Ärzte in 360° Videos. Poster presented at the conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltensmedizin und Verhaltensmodifikation e.V. (DGVM), Würzburg, Germany.



Dr. Ivo Käthner (ivo.kaethner@uni-wuerzburg.de)

Duration: since 2018