Brain Health,

#050: The Pain Episode

October 30, 2014

In Episode #50, our special “Halloween Edition” of Smart Drug Smarts, Jesse speaks with Lorimer Moseley, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of South Australia and Head of the Body in Mind Research Group. Professor Moseley shares with us his extensive knowledge on the way our brains process pain. He explains how we use pain signals as “danger detectors”, why pain thresholds differ greatly from person to person, and how love may be the cure-all solution to chronic, widespread pain.

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  • 00:00:51

    Intro to our spooky Halloween topic

  • 00:01:37

    This Week in Neuroscience: You Don't Know What You're Saying

  • 00:03:20

    Introduction to Professor Lorimer Moseley

  • 00:04:13

    Danger detectors – what's going on in our brains when we feel pain?

  • 00:06:49

    Pain thresholds and Couvade syndrome

  • 00:09:15

    What's next for pain relief technology?

  • 00:11:37

    Inverse learning as an obstacle to pain rehabilitation

  • 00:12:27

    Phantom limb pain, prosthetics, and a study by neurologist Martin Lotze on the effect of tactile stimulation on cortical reorganization

  • 00:13:44

    Study on the effect of phantom limb pain on activation in the sensory cortex

  • 00:14:27

    Developments in the understanding of the interaction between immune regulation and inflammatory mechanisms and neural function

  • 00:14:47

    "The Rubber Hand Illusion" and histamine reactivity

  • 00:15:20

    What Professor Moseley is currently working on: Explaining pain, a novel approach to chronic pain, and the mapping of space in relation to pain

  • 00:17:47

    Professor Moseley's dream research initiative: Finding a way to overcome pain through the realization of love

  • 00:19:33

    Call for suggestions for next year's Halloween episode-topic

  • 00:19:50

    Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

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