Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Affective-Motivational Dimension of Pain

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_122


A component of the pain experience that signals the unpleasant hedonic qualities and emotional reactions to noxious stimulation; and generates the motivational drive to escape from or terminate such stimulation. This corresponds to the subjective experience of the immediate unpleasantness of pain and the urge to respond behaviorally.

 Nociceptive Processing in the Cingulate Cortex, Behavioral Studies in Humans

 Thalamo-Amygdala Interactions and Pain

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