Psychology 325

Biopsychology of Pain

Course Description:

The International Association for the Study of Painí recognizes that, contrary to common belief, the experience of pain is not necessarily linked to physical injury, or to intense energy, encountered by a personís body.


Each personís central nervous system (CNS) generates, integrates and interprets billions of signals coming from sensory neurons within the body. Pain can be caused by one or more of a wide range of interactive factors, that often include (but do not require): tissue injury, expectation, previous pain experience, conditioned physical or psychological responses, mood, attention, visibility, various neurochemical factors, etc..




The Challenge of Pain (1996) Melzack, R. & Wall, P.D.


The Textbook of Pain, 4th ed. (2006) Wall, P.D. & Melzack, R. (supplemental)


Other e-resources, available in pdf format on-line, and from our library.


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