About the study

This study aims to understand the role of cognitive performance in persistent pain.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 people experience pain that persists for longer than 3 months, making it a global health concern. Understanding what makes some people more susceptible to the development and maintenance of persistent pain is important for determining therapeutic targets that may aid in recovery.

The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

To complete this online survey, you will be required to download a small file onto your computer or smartphone; the file will allow you to install the Inquisit software (hosted online by Millisecond), which is the program used to run our survey. This file can be deleted after you have completed the study and instructions on how to remove the file from your device are provided at the end of the survey.

Eligibility requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to read and understand English
  • Pain-free or living with persistent pain (i.e., pain experienced most days for 3 months or longer)
  • Have access to a computer/laptop or smartphone device with internet access
  • Have normal or corrected to normal (i.e., glasses or contact lenses) vision
  • Are not colour-blind
  • Location: Worldwide


There will be no direct benefits to you, but this study will provide important knowledge that will assist us in understanding potential targets for treatment for people experiencing persistent pain.

Get involved in this study

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol 202439).

If you have any questions or concerns before or after the experiment, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the primary investigator of this project:

Caitlin Howlett
Email: caitlin.howlett@mymail.unisa.edu.au