Pain and the Conscious Brain, 1st Edition

  • Luis Garcia-Larrea
  • Philip L Jackson
  • Published By: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • ISBN-10: 1496348427
  • ISBN-13: 9781496348425
  • DDC: 612.8
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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This book brings together more than 30 international leaders from multiple fields to link the complex concept of pain to the equally complex notion of consciousness. Offering a clear, cutting-edge understanding of the brain mechanisms that generate the conscious experience of pain, this book scientifically addresses the difficult and chronic pains that often have no known physical cause and can defy comprehension in terms of current pain theories. Numerous tables, full-color figures, and up-to-date references highlight expert coverage of today’s gradual paradigm shift from peripheral receptors to the intricacy of the brain and the experience of the self.

Beginning with a solid introduction to consciousness and pain, this unique volume covers neurobiological aspects of the pain experience during psycho-physiological changes of the conscious state, pain processing in psychiatric and neurological disorders affecting consciousness, specific clinical populations, and the future of pain and consciousness research. Key topics include cortical imaging of pain in humans, pain perception during sleep, pharmacologic approaches to pain and consciousness using functional neuroimaging, hypnosis, mindfulness and meditation, pain and consciousness in infants, recognizing pain in dementia, the role of vision in pain perception, robot pain, and more.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
An Introduction to Consciousness and Pain From Being Awake to Being Aware.
1: Neurobiological Bases of Coma, Vegetative, and Minimal Conscious States.
2: Neurobiological Mechanisms of Conscious Access and Implications for Pain Perception.
3: Pain and the Spatial Boundaries of the Bodily Self.
4: Cortical Imaging of Pain in Humans: A Journey from Nociception to Compassion.
Modulating Pain by Modulating Consciousness Neurobiological Aspects of the Pain Experience during Psychophysiological Changes of the Conscious State.
5: Pain Perception during Sleep.
6: Pharmacological Approaches to Pain and Consciousness Using Functional Neuroimaging.
7: Hypnosis and Pain Modulation.
8: Mindfulness Meditation Modulates the Conscious Experience of Pain: A Neuroscientific Account.
9: Consciousness, Placebo, and Nocebo Effects on Pain.
Clinical Conditions Affecting Pain and Consciousness Pain Processing in Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders Affecting Consciousness.
10: Pain and Nociception in Disorders of Consciousness.
11: Pain and Consciousness in Infants.
12: Recognizing Pain in Dementia.
13: Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind: The Role of Vision in Pain Perception.
Behind and Beyond the Consciousness of Pain.
14: Attention, Emotions, and Pain.
15: The Neuroevolutionary Sources of Consciousness and Affect.
16: Robot Pain: A Speculative Review of Its Functions.