The Neuroscience of Pain
Jul 20, 2018
The New Yorker magazine has recently published an article titled "The Neuroscience of pain." The article describes some of the latest research into pain, including the ways that pain is experienced and described. The author participates in a study where she is given increasingly painful stimulus, while in an functional MRI machine that shows the pain sensation occurring in the brain. This research demonstrates that subjective experience of pain varies significantly. Some of this variation is related to psychological factors, including the anticipation of pain or anxiety around pain experience. The article goes on to describe some of the implications for the treatment of pain.