Perceived controllability modulates the neural response to pain.

@article{Salomons2004PerceivedCM,
  title={Perceived controllability modulates the neural response to pain.},
  author={Tim V. Salomons and Tom Johnstone and Misha-Miroslav Backonja and Richard J. Davidson},
  journal={The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience},
  year={2004},
  volume={24 32},
  pages={7199-203}
}
The response to painful stimulation depends not only on peripheral nociceptive input but also on the cognitive and affective context in which pain occurs. One contextual variable that affects the neural and behavioral response to nociceptive stimulation is the degree to which pain is perceived to be controllable. Previous studies indicate that perceived controllability affects pain tolerance, learning and motivation, and the ability to cope with intractable pain, suggesting that it has profound… CONTINUE READING
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