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Counter-stimulatory effects on pain perception and processing are significantly altered by attention: an fMRI study

Longe, S. E., Wise, Richard Geoffrey, Bantick, S., Lloyd, D., Johansen-Berg, H., McGlone, F. and Tracey, I. 2001. Counter-stimulatory effects on pain perception and processing are significantly altered by attention: an fMRI study. Neuroreport 12 (9) , pp. 2021-2025.

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Abstract

Counter-stimulation reduces pain perception; however, the role of attention during this process is rarely discussed despite attention itself being a well known modulator of pain perception. This study investigated the effect of attentional modulation on pain perception during counter-stimulation using fMRI. Subjects received a noxious thermal stimulus together with an innocuous vibratory counter-stimulus. Subjects directed their attention towards either pain, vibration, or a neutral visual stimulus. During painful and counter-stimulation all subjects reported a reduction in pain perception when attending to counter-stimulation compared with attending to pain. Imaging data supported this behavioural finding showing reduced activity in pain processing areas (anterior cingulate, insula, thalamus). These results suggest attention plays an important part in the pain relief experienced from counter-stimulation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attention, Counter-stimulation, fMRI, Pain, Vibration
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 0959-4965
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33540

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