Pain

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Pain and the Brain
While unpleasant, pain exists for a reason: it directs our attention to an injury so we can take care of it and prevent further damage.
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  • 5 min.
Although there are no pain-sensing fibers located in the brain, these fibers are present in nearby tissues. When they become activated, a headache can occur.
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What if the number 7 tasted like chocolate? What if Monday was purple? This is what life is like for someone with synesthesia. Learn more about this fascinating neurological trait with this video.
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  • 4 min
Migraines are more than ordinary headaches, but neuroscientists are still investigating how and why they happen.
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  • 3 min
At any moment, there is an electrical storm coursing through your body. Discover how chemical reactions create an electric current that drives our responses to everything from hot pans to a mother’s caress.
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Brainy mollusks are enhancing our understanding of injury in the animal kingdom.
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Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
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Phantom limbs? These cases help explain the real phenomenon of sensing a missing limb.
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Medical science offers us a number of different ways to dull or treat pain.
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Studies of the body’s own pain-control system demonstrated the existence of naturally occurring opioids — the endorphins.
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Processing information from the sensory systems is one of many functions of the brain. Such information is often the first step in other brain activities, including learning and retaining knowledge.
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Humans have used opiate drugs, such as morphine, for thousands of years, but these are often highly addictive and dangerous to one's health.
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The brain uses some unconventional means to communicate.
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