Peculiar gastronomy: Why do we eat scary food?

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Scary food: Commodifying culinary heritage as meal adventures in tourism Szilvia Gyimóthy1 and Reidar Johan Mykletun2 1Department of Service Management, Lund University/Campus Helsingborg, Box 882, 25108 Helsingborg, Sweden, szilvia.gyimothy@msm.lu.se 2Department of Service Management, Lund University/Campus Helsingborg, Box 882, 25108 Helsingborg, Sweden Abstract This article portrays the changing status and use of a traditional Norwegian meal, … Continue reading

From the neuromatrix to the pain matrix, and back (Iannetti and Mouraux)

From the neuromatrix to the pain matrix (and back) G. D. Iannetti 1 and A. Mouraux2 (I actually met Iannetti at the IASP Congress held in Montreal this September 2010!) (1) Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, University College London, Medical Sciences Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK (2) Institute of Neurosciences (IONS), Université … Continue reading

Pain: Sites of Origin, Pathways, and Neurotransmitters

Pain: Sites of Origin, Pathways, and Neurotransmitters Source: Canadian Council on Animal Care The precise mechanisms of pain appreciation in the central nervous system have not been fully elucidated although much is known of the pathways involved. Some of the transmitters and receptors that play an important role in pain have been identified. This has … Continue reading

Mapping Pain in the Brain

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Mapping pain in the brain Source A D (Bud) Craig Many areas of the brain are involved in the experience of pain. These areas have been thought to form a distributed pain-processing ‘neuromatrix’ centred on the portions of the cerebral cortex related to the sense of touch. However, a new view suggests that specific pain … Continue reading

TED Talk: RAMACHANDRAN on your mind

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TED Talk VS Ramachandran on your mind The Brain. It is a 3 pound mass of jelly. It can contemplate the universe, the meaning of infinity, and contemplate itself contemplating the meaning of infinity. The holy grail of neuroscience is understanding consciousness. How to study the brain? Look at patients with sustained damage in the … Continue reading

Reading and controlling human brain activation using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI)

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Reading and controlling human brain activation using real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging R. Christopher deCharms Omneuron 3T MRI Research Center, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences Vol.11 No.11 ABSTRACT Understanding how to control how the brain’s functioning mediates mental experience and the brain’s processing to alter cognition or disease are central projects … Continue reading

The McGill Pain Index

Wiki The McGill Pain Questionnaire, also known as McGill pain index, is a scale of rating pain developed at McGill University by Melzack and Torgerson in 1971. To use the questionnaire, circle the words that describe your pain but do not circle more than one word in a group. Then when you have that done, … Continue reading

Love lessens Pain

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Love is like a drug!! It activates the primitive reward system region, the same brain region that is stimulated by analgesics and pain relieving opioid and addictive drugs. Love, like distracting activities, distract you from pain alleviating its symptoms. Podcast Source ” Two researchers—pain specialist Sean Mackey at Stanford and love specialist Arthur Aron at … Continue reading

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