Do words hurt? Brain activation during the processing of pain-related words

@article{Richter2010DoWH,
  title={Do words hurt? Brain activation during the processing of pain-related words},
  author={Maria Richter and J{\"u}rgen Eck and Thomas Straube and Wolfgang H. R. Miltner and Thomas Weiss},
  journal={PAIN},
  year={2010},
  volume={148},
  pages={198-205}
}
Previous studies suggested that areas of the pain matrix of the human brain are recruited by the processing of pain-related environmental cues such as pain-related pictures or descriptors of pain. However, it is still sketchy whether those activations are specific to the pain-relevance of the stimuli or simply reflect a general effect of negative valence or increased arousal. The present study investigates the neural mechanisms underlying the processing of pain-related, negative, positive, and… CONTINUE READING

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