Four Questions: Chronic Pain and How It Affects the Brain

Four Questions: Chronic Pain and How It Affects the Brain

Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans, and its impact goes beyond physical discomfort.

New research, led by University of Arizona psychologist Stephen Cowen, illustrates how chronic pain may impact cognitive abilities, such as decision making, as well.

Cowen and UA professor of pharmacology Frank Porreca, along with their collaborators at Eli Lilly, investigated how pain impacts cognitive flexibility, or the ability of the brain to learn new information. The study, recently published in the journal Pain, revealed that the ability to adapt to changing situations may be hindered in those with chronic pain.

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Published Date: 
05/16/2018 - 09:46