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Imaging Studies Show How Brain Thinks About Pain

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Science  20 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5661, pp. 1121
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5661.1121a

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When we empathize with another person's pain, we use many of the same brain areas that are activated by our own experience of pain, a new brain-imaging study on page 1157 has shown. A second imaging study in this issue (see p. 1162) shows that anticipation of pain relief is closely tied to the placebo response.