Peggy Mason


Department of Neurobiology

The University of Chicago
947 E. 58th St., MC0926
Chicago, IL 60637 

Phone: (773) 702-3144
Fax: (773) 702-1216
Office: SBRI J 239

Mason Lab website

Research Summary

After a 25-year focus on the cellular mechanisms of pain modulation (how does morphine work? and related questions), my laboratory has begun to concentrate on the biological basis of empathy. While my interest in pain modulation endures, primarily through collaborative work, the bulk of the current work in the laboratory is focused on empathic helping. Additional interests are the development of feeding patterns during early life and the biology of vasomotor disorders (hot flashes, night sweats). For complete information about our activities please go to the Mason Lab website.


Select Publications

Bartal I, Decety J and Mason P, Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats, Science 9 December 2011:Vol. 334 no. 6061 pp. 1427-1430, DOI: 10.1126/science.1210789

Hellman KM, Mason P (2012) Opioids disrupt pro-nociceptive modulation mediated by raphe magnus. J Neurosci 32:13668-78.

Mason P (2012) Medullary circuits for nociceptive modulation. Curr Opin Neurobiol 22:640-5.

Mason P (2012) Two negatives make a positive: telencephalic-mediated analgesia. Exp Neurol 236:336-8.