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Single Idea 4902

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 8. Brain]

Full Idea

Scans show there is no such thing as a pain centre; pain springs mainly from the activation of areas associated with attention and emotion.

Gist of Idea

Pain doesn't have one brain location, but is linked to attention and emotion


Rita Carter (Mapping the Mind [1998], p. 12)

Book Reference

Carter,Rita: 'Mapping the Mind' [Phoenix 2000], p.12

A Reaction

Most brain research points to the complex multi-layered nature of experiences that were traditionally considered simple. We can be distracted from a pain, and an enormous number of factors can affect our degree of dislike of a given pain.