Sensory-Discriminative Capacities of Nociceptive Pathways and Their Modulation by Behavior

  • Ronald Dubner
  • M. Catherine Bushnell
  • Gary H. Duncan


Considerable progress has been made on the characterization of neural pathways participating in the sensory component of pain sensations. The sensory component of pain refers to the quality as well as the location, intensity, and temporal aspects of noxious or tissue-damaging stimuli. Recent advances include knowledge about the coding of pain signals and how these signals can be modified by control systems originating at other brain sites.


Dorsal Horn Spinal Dorsal Horn Nociceptive Neuron Noxious Heat Nociceptive Pathway 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald Dubner
    • 1
  • M. Catherine Bushnell
    • 1
  • Gary H. Duncan
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurobiology and Anesthesiology BranchNational Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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