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Reducing Pain through Brain Training March 8, 2006

Posted by reto wettach in play.
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A research (Science for Kids version here)proves that people are able to control the level of pain through training. In an study they were hurt and shown the activity of the related region of the brain – represented through a flame. Within a training session of 39 minutes the participants learned to decrease and to increase activities in this brain region:

It is particularly interesting that pain patients need to be able to observe the functioning of the brain’s pain system to learn this form of control over these systems because pain patients already have continuously available sensory feedback of their own pain level, they already have a strong motivation to learn to control their pain, and they typically have tried and practiced many strategies to alleviate their pain over many years.

Well, their screen design could need some work…

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