Training The Brain Out Of Pain

December 13th, 2005 | researchmaterial

It may really be a matter of mind over matter – scientists suggest it is possible to control brain activity to reduce the pain you feel.

Stanford University researchers found seeing brain scans and using mental exercises helped reduce pain.

One group was placed inside a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner where they were able to watch their brain activity on a moment-by-moment basis. They were then shown “live” action images of their rostral anterior cingulate cortex, an area of the brain responsible for processing pain.

Next, they were given various mental strategies to try to train the brain to respond to pain differently, such as being asked to think of it as a relatively pleasant experience. Over time, the eight people who went through this training procedure showed an increased ability to modulate their response to pain…


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