Meaning of brain scans for ‘pain’ called into question

Posted by on April 25, 2016 6:18 pm
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Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. The study was designed to test the ‘pain matrix,’ a pattern of brain activity that is often considered a marker for pain. The association is so pervasive that the ‘pain matrix’ has been used in research to suggest that social rejection or mental effort can cause ‘pain.’

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