Correlation between alexithymia and hypersensitivity to visceral stimulation in human.

@article{Kano2007CorrelationBA,
  title={Correlation between alexithymia and hypersensitivity to visceral stimulation in human.},
  author={M. Kano and Toyohiro Hamaguchi and Masatoshi Itoh and Kazuhiko Yanai and Shin Fukudo},
  journal={Pain},
  year={2007},
  volume={132 3},
  pages={252-63}
}
Empirical studies indicate that alexithymia exacerbates physical illness. However, direct evidence to explain the mechanism of this exacerbation has not been provided. One hypothesis is that alexithymics amplify unpleasant internal signals. In the present study, we investigated how alexithymia influences sensitivity to visceral stimulation in human. In 45 non-clinical healthy subjects (34 males and 11 females), brain processing of visceral sensation induced by colonic distension was examined… CONTINUE READING