New Neuroscientific Approach Predicts Fear of Pain

by Colleen Fleiss on  December 25, 2018 at 11:57 PM Research News
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Machine learning technique may help reconcile self-reported emotions and their neural underpinnings, said researchers. The findings of the study are published in eNeuro.
New Neuroscientific Approach Predicts Fear of Pain
New Neuroscientific Approach Predicts Fear of Pain

However, it is unclear to what extent these self-reports measure fear and anxiety, which are known to involve different brain regions, and perhaps other psychological constructs.

Michael Meier and colleagues from Petra Schweinhardts' lab at the Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland, addressed this ambiguity by imaging the brains of patients with low back pain as they watched video clips evoking harmful (bending) and harmless (walking) activities for the back.

Participants' brain activity was predictive of their scores on the various questionnaires. Importantly, different questionnaires were associated with distinct patterns of neural activity. These results suggest similar questionnaires may measure different emotional states.

Source: Eurekalert

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