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date: 18 November 2018

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Pain has been used as an example of a simple and easily understandable conscious experience. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that pain is actually quite complex and not well understood at all. This chapter examines whether our folk-intuitions tell us that pain is a subjective and incorrigible perception, a nonconceptual representation, or perhaps a an old-fashioned sense-datum. It also considers the latest neuroscientific approaches to understanding pain processing. Pain processing in the brain involves both nociception and the inhibition of nociception. Recent imagining studies indicate that pain processing utilizes large and diffuse regions of cortex.

Keywords: pain, conscious, experience, perception, subjective, representation, sense-data, neuroscience, brain, nociception, cortex, imaging studies

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