Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Anterior Cingulate Cortex

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_235




The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a component of the limbic system, is an area of the brain located just above the corpus callosum. The ACC is involved in many functions, including attention, emotion, and response selection, among others. It’s descending connections to the medial thalamic nuclei and the periaqueductal gray, along with evidence from brain imaging studies, also support a role for the ACC in the descending modulation of pain.

 Cingulate Cortex, Nociceptive Processing, Behavioral Studies in Animals

 Descending Circuits in the Forebrain, Imaging

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