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Bernie Fitzgibbon publication in New Scientist Magazine
Bernie Fitzgibbon, PhD Student recently published an electroencephalography investigation documenting atypical neural activity during pain observation in lower-limb amputees who report 'syanesthetic pain': when the observation of pain in another induces an actual experience of pain in the absence of noxious injury.
Typically, we understand that another is experiencing pain through the same regions in the brain involved in the actual experience of noxious stimulation. Our findings may reflect abnormalities (disinhibition) in these same networks and suggest that how pain is perceived can change over a lifetime. These findings were recently published in New Scientist magazine, an international magazine of scientific discovery with almost 1 million readers per week.
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