‘Mindful people’ Feel Less Pain; MRI Imaging Pinpoints Supporting Brain Activity

Source: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Summary: Ever wonder why some people seem to feel less pain than others? A study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine may have found one of the answers – mindfulness.

Moment-by-moment awareness

Greater deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex, a brain region associated with processing self-related thoughts, was associated with lower pain and higher trait mindfulness. Credit: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

More Information: Fadel Zeidan et al, “Neural Mechanisms Supporting the Relationship between Dispositional Mindfulness and Pain”, Pain (2018). DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001344

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