Pain modulation through conditioning
For patients who deal with chronic pain, pharmacological treatment is still lacking in terms of providing effective and lasting relief. This gives rise to the need for remedies that take the psychological factor into account. However, greater study is required on the neural basis of the process and how brain activity changes in order to recognise relevant and irrelevant information during conditioning. The EU-funded NeuroCon project aims to understand the relationship between classical conditioning and expectancy in placebo analgesia. Moreover, it will examine the implementation of classical forms of conditioning in the context of basic fear. The project hopes to determine how sensory cortices are modified to better detect relevant information.
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