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Neuropsychol Rev. 2006 Sep;16(3):99-121. Epub 2006 Sep 28.

Emotion and pain: a functional cerebral systems integration.

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  • 1Virginia Tech Department of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic University, Williams Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA.

Abstract

Emotion and pain are psychological constructs that have received extensive attention in neuropsychological research. However, neuropsychological models of emotional processing have made more progress in describing how brain regions interact to process emotion. Theories of emotional processing can describe inter-hemispheric and intra-hemispheric interactions during emotional processing. Due to similarities between emotion and pain, it is thought that emotional models can be applied to pain. The following review examines the neuropsychology of emotion and pain using a functional cerebral systems approach. Specific comparisons are made between pain and anger. Attention is given to differences in cerebral function and physiology that may contribute to the processing of emotion and pain. Suggestions for future research in emotion and pain are given.

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