The neurology of chronic pain

My Pain, My Brain by Melanie Thern­strom gives us a look at a study being done at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. Sub­jects view an area of the brain that is involved in the per­cep­tion of pain via a func­tion­al mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing (fMRI) machine, and under­go train­ing sim­i­lar to biofeed­back in which they prac­tice direct­ly con­trol­ling that part of the brain. Doing so can allow the sub­ject to con­trol the per­cep­tion of chron­ic pain.

Thern­strom touch­es on sev­er­al oth­er inter­est­ing stud­ies in the arti­cle, includ­ing Irene Tracy’s Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty study on the effects of dis­trac­tion on chron­ic pain.

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May 21, 2006 · cyn · No Comments
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