Anbjørn Ree

I am a physiotherapist with nearly 20 years of clinical experience. I have mainly worked with people in pain, but I also treat people with various neurological conditions, such as MS and Parkinson's Disease. My main clinical interest relates to how clinical communication affects the patients' beliefs and attitudes towards their illness and condition through words that positively or negatively affect the patients' perception of the condition.

Academic interests

  • The neurophysiology of touch
  • Pain
  • Placebo and nocebo

Courses taught

  • Clinical communication (Module 4)
  • Pain and emotions (Module 2)


  • 2014-2016 Master in Neuroscience, NTNU, Trondheim
  • 2016- Phd in Psychology and Neuroscience


Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Leknes Affective Brain Lab:


  • Bendas, Johanna; Ree, Anbjørn; Pabel, Luise; Sailer, Uta & Croy, Ilona (2021). Dynamics of affective habituation to touch differ on the group and individual level. Neuroscience.  ISSN 0306-4522. . doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.12.024 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ree, Anbjørn; Benda, Johanna; Pabel, Luise; Croy, Ilona & Sailer, Uta (2020). Right between the eyes: Corrugator muscle activity tracks the changing pleasantness of repeated slow stroking touch. Physiology and Behavior.  ISSN 0031-9384.  222 . doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2020.112903 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ree, Anbjørn; Morrison, India; Olausson, Håkan; Sailer, Uta; Heilig, Markus & Mayo, Leah M (2019). Using Facial Electromyography to Assess Facial Muscle Reactions to Experienced and Observed Affective Touch in Humans. Journal of Visualized Experiments.  ISSN 1940-087X.  145 . doi: 10.3791/59228 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ree, Anbjørn; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Knardahl, Stein; Sand, Trond & Matre, Dagfinn (2019). Sleep restriction does not potentiate nocebo‐induced changes in pain and cortical potentials. European Journal of Pain.  ISSN 1090-3801.  24(1), s 110- 121 . doi: 10.1002/ejp.1466 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Ree, Anbjørn; Mayo, Leah M; Leknes, Siri & Sailer, Uta (2018). Touch targeting C-tactile afferent fibers has a unique physiological pattern: A combined electrodermal and facial electromyography study. Biological Psychology.  ISSN 0301-0511.  140, s 55- 63 . doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2018.11.006
  • Rosenberger, Lisa Anna; Ree, Anbjørn; Eisenegger, Christoph & Sailer, Uta (2018). Slow touch targeting CT-fibres does not increase prosocial behaviour in economic laboratory tasks. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  8(1) . doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25601-7 Full text in Research Archive.

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