Journal article

Brain activity associated with painfully hot stimuli applied to the upper limb: A meta-analysis

MJ Farrell, AR Laird, GF Egan

Human Brain Mapping | WILEY-LISS | Published : 2005

Abstract

The capacity of pain to alert against potential injury or focus attention on damaged tissue is enhanced by the intrinsically aversive nature of the experience. Finding methods to relieve pain will ultimately be facilitated by deeper understanding of the processes that contribute to the experience, and functional brain imaging has contributed substantially toward that end. An impressive body of literature has identified a distributed network of pain-related activity in the brain that is subject to considerable modulation by different stimulus parameters, contextual factors, and clinical conditions. The fundamental substrates of the pain network are yet to be distilled from the highly variable..

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