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Tue, October 22, 2019

Exercise and Health Psychology Lab


The primary aim of the Exercise and Health Psychology Lab is to advance our knowledge regarding the relationship between physical activity and health. In particular, Dr. Umeda has been conducting research examining pain inhibitory processing within the central nervous system, and the influence of physical activity on central pain inhibitory processing in a variety of populations (e.g., chronic pain patients, racial/ethnic minority individuals, physically active and inactive individuals). In addition, Dr. Umeda studies food insecurity and mental health among college students. Dr. Umeda’s research is often conducted using psychophysiological approaches, where pain sensitivity is examined in conjunction with physiological (e.g., blood pressure, heart rate variability) and psychological (e.g., personality, mental health) variables.



LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

We have several pieces of lab equipment that allow us to conduct the research outlined above. 

  • Laboratory Pain Stimuli: Constant current stimulator, pressure stimulator, cold pressor test, and muscular contraction test 
  • Cardiovascular Monitoring: Blood pressure and heart rate monitors 
  • Physical Activity Monitoring: Accelerometers to objectively quantify physical activity and sedentary behaviors



RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Currently Active Studies: We are currently recruiting participants for the following studies. If you are interested in participating in the studies or have questions about the studies, please email Dr. Umeda at masataka.umeda@utsa.edu.

  • Conditioned pain modulation in resistance exercisers and physically inactive individuals: This study aims at comparing conditioned pain modulation, a risk factor of chronic pain, between individuals who engage in resistance exercise regularly and physically inactive individuals. Participants in this study will be asked to complete one session (approximately 60 minutes) in the lab, where the participants will fill out several questionnaires and complete experimental pain testing. Financial compensation ($10) will be provided upon completion of the study.
  • Gender differences in conditioned pain modulation: This study aims at comparing conditioned pain modulation, a risk factor of chronic pain, between men and women. Participants in this study will be asked to complete one session (approximately 60 minutes) in the lab and wear an accelerometer around the waist for 7 days. During the lab session, the participants will fill out several questionnaires and complete experimental pain testing. Financial compensation ($25) will be provided upon completion of the study.



CONTACT INFORMATION

Lab Director


Dr. Masataka Umeda

Dr. Umeda's Publication List


Location

IAB 2.01.09C