Pain is the experiential corollary to the brain’s prediction of threat to the physical body, as it is mapped and represented in the brain. Let’s break down what that means:
- Pain (first described by Aristotle to refer to an emotional, not an physical, experience)
- is the experiential corollary to (is the other side of the coin of) the…
- brain’s prediction of threat (the brain is taking in countless inputs from various systems, including cognitive, sensory, and emotional)
- to the physical body, as it is mapped and represented in the brain. (there is a representation of the body, within the brain, that is being used to model and decide if there is threat)
Converting the last two pain lectures into a “map” that will lay out the territory of pain. Stay tuned. It will be shared here on our blog. .