Application of Somatosensory Event Related Potentials to Experimental Pain and the Pharmacology of Analgesia

  • Monte S. Buchsbaum
  • Glenn C. Davis
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 9)


There is increasing evidence that many neurotransmitter systems may be involved in pain appreciation including cholinergic agents, endorphins, biogenic amines and others (Mayer and Price, 1976). This suggests that there are multiple mediators of pain appreciation, each involving a possibly distinct neural pathway. Event related potentials may offer a means of separating distinct pain modulation processes in phamacological experiments in man.


Stimulus Intensity Pain Sensitivity Evoke Potential Somatosensory Evoke Potential N120 Component 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Monte S. Buchsbaum
    • 1
  • Glenn C. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Biological Psychiatry BranchNational Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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