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Consciousness and Pain

  • C. R. Chapman
  • Y. Nakamura
Conference paper
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)

Abstract

Consciousness was once a topic that mainstream scientists would not address. In recent years, however, the study of consciousness has attracted a multidisciplinary following that includes neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, evolutionary biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, and philosophers [l–3]. Consciousness researchers pursue the question of how the physical brain can produce phenomenal reality, how the brain organizes a coherent awareness from the chaos of sensory input, the sense of self, the mechanisms of blind sight and blind touch, and myriad other phenomena of awareness. Among the questions that consciousness researchers must ask are “What is the nature of pain? Why do we have the ability of feel pain? Why does pain hurt?”

Keywords

Tissue Trauma Functional Brain Imaging Functional Brain Imaging Study Consciousness Research Central Nervous System Mechanism 
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