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The primary (SI) and secondary (SII) somatosensory cortices have been shown to participate in human pain processing. However, in humans it is unclear how SI and SII contribute to the encoding of nociceptive stimulus intensity. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG) we recorded responses in SI and SII in eight healthy humans to four different intensities of(More)
Successful behavior requires selection and preferred processing of relevant sensory information. The cortical representation of relevant sensory information has been related to neuronal oscillations in the gamma frequency band. Pain is of invariably high behavioral relevance and, thus, nociceptive stimuli receive preferred processing. Here, by using(More)
Cerebral processing of pain has been shown to involve primary (SI) and secondary (SII) somatosensory cortices. However, the temporal activation pattern of these cortices in nociceptive processing has not been demonstrated so far. We therefore used whole-head magnetoencephalography to record cortical responses to cutaneous laser stimuli in six healthy human(More)
The perception of pain is sensitive to various mental processes such as the feelings and beliefs that someone has about pain. It is therefore not exclusively driven by the noxious input. Attentional modulation involving the descending pain modulatory system has been examined extensively in neuroimaging studies. However, the investigation of neural(More)
Processing of tactile stimuli within somatosensory cortices has been shown to be complex and hierarchically organized. However, the precise organization of nociceptive processing within these cortices has remained largely unknown. We used whole-head magnetoencephalography to directly compare cortical responses to stimulation of tactile and nociceptive(More)
Single painful stimuli evoke two successive and qualitatively distinct sensations referred to as first and second pain sensation. Peripherally, the neural basis of this phenomenon is a dual pathway for pain with Adelta and C fibers mediating first and second pain, respectively. Yet, the differential cortical correlates of both sensations are largely(More)
We report findings from clinical examination and cutaneous laser stimulation in a 57-year-old male, who suffered from a right-sided postcentral stroke. In this patient, we were able to demonstrate (i) a dissociation of discriminative and affective components of pain perception and, for the first time in humans, (ii) the dependence of sensory-discriminative(More)
The perception of pain can be significantly modulated by the behavioral context. Here, we investigated how contextual modulations of pain are subserved in the human brain. We independently modulated the attentional and emotional context of painful stimuli and recorded brain activity by using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Our results confirm that(More)
The neuronal activity of the resting human brain is dominated by spontaneous oscillations in primary sensory and motor areas. These oscillations are thought to reflect the excitability of sensory and motor systems that can be modulated according to the actual behavioral demands. However, so far, evidence for an association between oscillatory activity and(More)
Pain is a complex experience subserved by an extended network of brain areas. However, the functional integration among these brain areas, i.e., how they interact and communicate to generate a coherent pain percept and an adequate behavioral response is largely unknown. Here, we used magnetoencephalography to investigate functional integration among(More)