Mechanisms of placebo analgesia: rACC recruitment of a subcortical antinociceptive network.

@article{Bingel2006MechanismsOP,
  title={Mechanisms of placebo analgesia: rACC recruitment of a subcortical antinociceptive network.},
  author={U. Bingel and Juergen Lorenz and Eszter D. Schoell and Cornelius Weiller and Christian B{\"u}chel},
  journal={Pain},
  year={2006},
  volume={120 1-2},
  pages={8-15}
}
Placebo analgesia is one of the most striking examples of the cognitive modulation of pain perception and the underlying mechanisms are finally beginning to be understood. According to pharmacological studies, the endogenous opioid system is essential for placebo analgesia. Recent functional imaging data provides evidence that the rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) represents a crucial cortical area for this type of endogenous pain control. We therefore hypothesized that placebo analgesia… CONTINUE READING
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