Tamara Cancela

Office 5154, Uni-Mail

Phone: +41 (0)22 379 92 20
Fax: +41 (0)22 3799219
University of Geneva
40, Bd. du Pont d'Arve
CH-1211 Geneva 4

Research Interests

Reciprocal influences of pain and cognitive control, the role of effort mobilization assessed as cardiovascular reactivity, time dynamics, and executive functions in these processes, motivational intensity theory, self-regulation, self-control.



September 2022 Ph.D. from the University of Geneva, Switzerland
Advisors: Dr. Nicolas Silvestrini & Prof. Guido H.E. Gendolla
June 2018 Master in Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Thesis: The influence of working memory on pain
Advisor: Dr. Nicolas Silvestrini
June 2016 Bachelor in Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Professional experience

September 2022-Present Post-doctoral researcher, University of Geneva, Switzerland
September 2018-September 2022 PhD candidate, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Journal articles

Cancela, T., Gendolla, G.H.E., & Silvestrini, N. (in press). Pain and gain: Monetary incentive moderates pain's impact on effort-related cardiac response. Psychophysiology, https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.14231

Silvestrini, N., & Cancela, T. (2021). Task difficulty moderates the impact of pain on cognitive effort. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 168, S40-S41.

Cancela, T., & Silvestrini, N. (2021). Impact of pain on mental effort assessed as cardiovascular reactivity. PAIN Reports, 6(1), e917. https://doi.org/10.1097/PR9.0000000000000917