Pain mechanisms: labeled lines versus convergence in central processing.

@article{Craig2003PainML,
  title={Pain mechanisms: labeled lines versus convergence in central processing.},
  author={A. D. Craig},
  journal={Annual review of neuroscience},
  year={2003},
  volume={26},
  pages={
          1-30
        }
}
  • A. Craig
  • Published 28 November 2003
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Annual review of neuroscience
The issue of whether pain is represented by specific neural elements or by patterned activity within a convergent somatosensory subsystem has been debated for over a century. The gate control theory introduced in 1965 denied central specificity, and since then most authors have endorsed convergent wide-dynamic-range neurons. Recent functional and anatomical findings provide compelling support for a new perspective that views pain in humans as a homeostatic emotion that integrates both specific… 

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