Saturday, October 01, 2011

Science Dirtect - How Pain Distracts The Brain

Pain demands our attention.  It is this aspect of pain which has served to protect us and ensure man's survival. Science Direct explains this well in their article How Pain Distracts The Brain.

Ulrike Bingel and colleagues at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf published their discovery in the journal Neuron.
They used a technique in which MRI technology is used to register blood flow across regions of the brain indicating brain activity. Researchers noted that when performing to a visual task whilst enduring pain there was a "parallel impairment of accuracy in subjects' recognition of the images". Thus they know for sure that the "pain distracts the brain".

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