Neurocognitive evidence for mental imagery-driven hypoalgesic and hyperalgesic pain regulation

@inproceedings{Fardo2015NeurocognitiveEF,
  title={Neurocognitive evidence for mental imagery-driven hypoalgesic and hyperalgesic pain regulation},
  author={Francesca Fardo and Micah Allen and Else-Marie Elmholdt Jegind\o and Alessandro Angrilli and Andreas Roepstorff},
  booktitle={NeuroImage},
  year={2015}
}
Mental imagery has the potential to influence perception by directly altering sensory, cognitive, and affective brain activity associated with imagined content. While it is well established that mental imagery can both exacerbate and alleviate acute and chronic pain, it is currently unknown how imagery mechanisms regulate pain perception. For example, studies to date have been unable to determine whether imagery effects depend upon a general redirection of attention away from pain or focused… CONTINUE READING
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