CogniFit's Science blog: How Your Emotions Can Predict If You Will Experience Chronic Pain

How Your Emotions Can Predict If You Will Experience Chronic Pain

A recent study from Northwestern University has found that the different level of emotions people associate with certain injuries could explain why some individuals suffer from chronic pain while other don't.

Using brain scans, the researchers have demonstrated the importance of the emotional response attached to an injury to determine the existence of chronic pain. Simply stated, after an injury, your emotions will play an important role in explaining a chronic pain.

It appears that two different brain regions are involved in this process. The frontal cortex and the nucleus acumbens.

This story reminds us on how important it is to be capable to manage and understand our own emotions. Regulating and controlling your emotions can help make like less painful.