Researchers at the University of Bath are looking for volunteers who suffer from headaches to help them understand how pain affects their attention, memory, and ability to think clearly.
Scientists from the Centre for Pain Research have already studied how adults reacted in laboratory conditions to pain while they were carrying out particular tasks.
The research, which was published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, showed that the sensation of pain can reduce your memory capacity and make it more difficult for people to turn their attention from one thing to another, or to pay attention to two things at once.
The researchers now want to run further research to explore whether attention is impaired in the same way for people experiencing naturally occurring pain in the course of their every-day lives, for example when they have a headache.
Anyone wanting to find out more or to volunteer for the study should ring 01225 384225, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/news/2014/01/22/headache-study/