A Psychophysiological Analysis

1st Edition - January 1, 1968

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  • Author: Richard A. Sternbach
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277295

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Pain: A Psychophysiological Analysis focuses on the processes, mechanisms, and approaches in studying pain. The book first offers information on the problems of experimental pain and neurological activity. Topics include anxiety as an experimental variable, implications for experimental pain, pain stimuli, receptors, and fibers, dorsal roots and spinal cord, and sensory nerves. The text also ponders on physiological responses and overt pain behavior. Discussions focus on perceptual, cognitive, personality, family, and ethnic factors, aggression, adaptation and rebound, stress, and pain-specific responses. The publication takes a look at affective descriptions and insensitivity to pain. Concerns include interpersonal aspects of pain, subjective responses to pain, psychodynamics of pain responses, personality development without pain, and possible neural defects. Phantom pain and hypnotic and placebo effects are also elaborated. The manuscript is a vital source of data for psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, and physiologists.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    Chapter I Introduction and Definitions

    Pain as Experience

    Linguistic Parallelism

    Pain as Response

    Pain as Stimulus

    A Definition of Pain

    Chapter II Problems of Experimental Pain

    Clinical vs. Experimental Pain Conditions

    Clinical vs. Experimental Pain Responses

    Anxiety as an Experimental Variable

    Implications for Experimental Pain

    Chapter III Neurological Activity

    Pain Stimuli

    Pain Receptors

    Pain Fibers

    Sensory Nerves

    Dorsal Roots and Spinal Cord

    The Thalamus

    Other Cephalic Structures

    Current Theories of Pain


    Chapter IV Physiological Responses


    Adaptation and Rebound

    Law of Initial Values


    Pain-Specific Responses

    Individual Response-Stereotypy


    Chapter V Overt Pain Behavior

    Perceptual Factors

    Cognitive Factors

    Personality Factors

    Family Factors

    Ethnic Factors


    Summary and Conclusions

    Chapter VI Affective Descriptions

    Introductory Remarks

    Subjective Responses to Pain

    Interpersonal Aspects of Pain Responses

    Some Psychodynamics of Pain Responses


    Chapter VII Insensitivity to Pain

    Establishing Criteria

    Survey of Cases

    Best Documented Case

    Survival without Pain

    An Opposing View

    Personality Development without Pain

    A Differing Viewpoint

    Possible Neural Defects


    Chapter VIII Phantom Pain

    Value Judgments

    The Phantom Limb

    Phantom Limb Pain

    Motivations for Phantom Pain: an Illustration

    Treatment of the Painful Phantom

    Summary and Conclusions

    Chapter IX Hypnotic and Placebo Effects


    Placebo Phenomena

    Hypnotic and Placebo Pain Relief

    Chapter X Summary and Common Concepts

    Clinical Purposes

    Experimental Purposes

    Theoretical Purposes

    Summary of Chapters

    Common Concepts

    An Attempt at Integration

    Some Implications

    Uses of "Multilingual" Analyses


    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 204
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1968
  • Published: January 1, 1968
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483277295

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Richard A. Sternbach

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