Brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally

11 marzo 2015

A momentary lapse of concentration is all it takes for a finger to become trapped or sprain an ankle — and it hurts. Pain is the body’s protective mechanism and a complex neurological phenomenon. Moreover, ongoing pain in the sense of chronic pain can be a disease, clinicians say. Scientists have now demonstrated that already during a few minutes of ongoing pain, the underlying brain activity changes by shifting from sensory to emotional processes.