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Paper Cut or Break-Up? Researchers Can Tell Which You’ve Just Experienced

A new article in the Los Angeles Times’ Booster Shots blog reports researchers “have succeeded in using functional magnetic resonance imaging to tease apart the brain’s consistent response to physical pain from its very similar response to emotional pain.” The study differentiated the responses to the pain of a heated wand touching a subjects’ arm and the pain of viewing photos of a person that subjects had recently experienced an emotional break up with. The study may be a foundation for research that blends the lines of medicine and neuroscience, and helps diagnose clinical symptoms “previously thought to be impenetrable.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times’ Booster Shots blog.

Read the study in NEJM.