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Changes in cortical oscillations linked to multisensory modulation of nociception

Mancini, F and Longo, MR and Canzoneri, E and Vallar, G and Haggard, P (2013) Changes in cortical oscillations linked to multisensory modulation of nociception. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37. pp. 768-776. ISSN 0953-816X

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Pain can be modulated by several contextual factors. For example, simply viewing one's own body can reduce pain, suggesting that the visual context may influence the processing of nociceptive stimuli. We studied changes in electroencephalographic (EEG) oscillatory activity related to visual modulation of nociception, comparing cortical oscillations during innocuous or noxious contact heat, while participants viewed either their own hand or a neutral object at the same location. Viewing the body compared with viewing the object reduced the intensity ratings of noxious stimuli, but not of innocuous heat. Time-frequency analysis of EEG data revealed that noxious, as opposed to warm, stimulation was associated with reduced beta (15-25 Hz) power. Classically, such decreases in oscillatory power indicate increases in sensory cortical activation. These event-related oscillatory changes were moreover modulated by the visual context; viewing one's own body increased noxious stimulation-induced beta oscillatory activity bilaterally, relative to viewing a neutral object, possibly indicating inhibition of cortical nociceptive processing. These results demonstrate that visual-nociceptive interactions involve changes in sensorimotor EEG rhythms. © 2012 Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adult Beta Rhythm Cerebral Cortex Hot Temperature Humans Nociception Visual Perception
Divisions: Div F > Computational and Biological Learning
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:39
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 07:05
DOI: 10.1111/ejn.12080