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Brain Rhythms of Pain.

Authors
  • Ploner, Markus1
  • Sorg, Christian2
  • Gross, Joachim3
  • 1 Department of Neurology and TUMNeuroimaging Center, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Departments of Neuroradiology and Psychiatry and TUMNeuroimaging Center, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany.
  • 3 Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in cognitive sciences
Publication Date
Dec 23, 2016
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2016.12.001
PMID: 28025007
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Pain is an integrative phenomenon that results from dynamic interactions between sensory and contextual (i.e., cognitive, emotional, and motivational) processes. In the brain the experience of pain is associated with neuronal oscillations and synchrony at different frequencies. However, an overarching framework for the significance of oscillations for pain remains lacking. Recent concepts relate oscillations at different frequencies to the routing of information flow in the brain and the signaling of predictions and prediction errors. The application of these concepts to pain promises insights into how flexible routing of information flow coordinates diverse processes that merge into the experience of pain. Such insights might have implications for the understanding and treatment of chronic pain.

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