fMRI: A Modern Cerebrascope? The Case of Pain

Valerie Gray Hardcastle and C. Matthew Stewart

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199891993 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

fMRI: A Modern Cerebrascope? The Case of Pain

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This article examines the application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in neuroscience, particularly in the imaging of pain. It provides a brief primer on functional magnetic imaging techniques and describes pain processing and pain inhibiting systems. It discusses experiments where fMRI has illustrated what has gone wrong in the pain network's response to stimuli and suggests that imaging studies of pain have a crucial role to play in diagnosing pain disorders as well as advancing a theoretical framework for explaining them. It also offers suggestions for how to improve fMRI experiments and their theoretical implications.

Keywords: fMRi; neuroscience; imaging of pain; pain processing; pain inhibiting systems; pain network; pain disorders

Article.  9127 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Science

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