The relationship between emotion, pain, and the brain

Takeaway

  • The left hemisphere is involved in pain processing, and emotion modulates brain activity during the experience of pain.

Why this matters ?

  • Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon that involves sensory, emotional, and physical stimuli.

  • Emotions have been found to modulate pain, but the involvement of different brain regions is currently unknown.

  • A deeper understanding of brain synchronization patterns during modulation of pain by emotion may expand therapeutic options for acute and chronic pain.