Thinking the Hurt Away: Expectations hitch ride on pain's brain pathway

By Bruce Bower, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

When it comes to pain control, a dose of positive thinking goes a long way, according to researchers who have found that many of the same brain areas that respond to severe pain also respond to mere expectations of pain. This commonality provides a neural route for the mind to quell pain and could explain the pain-fighting power of placebos, the scientists say.

"Pain emerges from the interaction between signals coming from an injured body region and cognitive information unique to each indivi...

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