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Is there any good evidence that sadness causes chest pain ("heart ache")?

There is a fairly recently recognized medical condition called stress-induced cardiomyopathy, associated with chest pain and physical damage to the left ventricle: Because this weakening can be ...
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How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?

As mentioned in Can calmness happen during the fight-flight response?, with looking at the possibility of calmness during stress and trauma, you only have to look at the situation with rape victims ...
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Is "Emotional Pain Addiction" real?

There are 2 phenomena that you could be referring to here. One is negativity addiction, and the other is general negativism. While psychoanalysis is considered by some here to be pseudoscientific, ...
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Are we able to simulate pain through the brain?

Short Answer It appears that stimulation of the thalamus would invoke feeling of pain: Direct deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the VP thalamus from patients without pain typically evoked nonpainful,...
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How does the brain project pain on to a particular part of the body?

Short answer Peripheral sensory information is projected unidirectionally to the brain. A sensory strip of the brain contains a topographical representation of the surface of the body that facilitates ...
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When we are sad, why do we feel pain in our stomachs?

Coming in super late to this one, but I think Nick's answer only gets at one side of the equation. He's suggesting that sadness might cause stomach pain (somatization), which is likely true. ...
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How do certain individuals, like Quang Duc, develop the ability to remain calm when enduring significant nociceptive pain?

[H]ow does one reliably reach this state "on-demand" and how does one maintain it during the endurance of significant nociceptive pain? It seems that activating the gamma wave on-demand is the key to ...
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How is Pain Subjective and Different from Nociception

Q: How is Pain Subjective and Different from Nociception? A: Pain is not nociception because their definitions are different. The usual definitions are like this: Nociception refers to the peripheral ...
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How does caffeine work as an analgesic adjuvant?

Zhang (2001) reports that the analgesic activity of caffeine is due to a blockade of peripheral pro-nociceptive actions of adenosine; the activation of the central noradenosine, pain-suppressing ...
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Why does cathodal tDCS (negative) produce sensation, while anodal tDCS (positive) does not?

Short answer The underlying mechanism(s) causing the differences between the effectiveness of anodic and cathodic neural stimulation are largely unknown. Background As far as I know, the exact ...
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Do hallucinogenics affect chronic pain?

According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse Some hallucinogens interfere with the action of the brain chemical serotonin, which regulates: mood sensory perception sleep hunger ...
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What predicts the severity of rejection pain?

I have found 2 papers that may be relevant to your question - This paper probably answers your question the most - I have only schemed through it, and it seems that the results were insignificant. ...
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Is the length and intensity of feelings and emotions limited?

The key terms to help understand the answers about the duration and intensity of experiences over time would likely include habituation, emotion, and pain. You might be surprised by how scientists use ...
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Is "Emotional Pain Addiction" real?

It is possible that what people on the Internet call "emotional pain addiction" is what research refers to as rumination: Rumination is a repetitive thinking process, and it has been ...
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In principle, could a brain be rewired to experience more pleasure and/or pain?

could an existing adult mind/brain be modified to perceive pleasure/pain signals more intensely than otherwise It depends what you mean by "modified", but even without going to any genetic (...
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In principle, could a brain be rewired to experience more pleasure and/or pain?

This is a difficult question to answer and likely can generate a variety of equally valid (or invalid) answers. I thought to tackle this from a pathological vista - namely that of sensory processing ...
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Is there a region of the brain that mediates pain in a manner reminiscent of the mesolimbic pathway?

Based on the most recent (all post-2009) research, it seems to be the same general pathway, just with different gradients in the same areas of the brain. From Taylor et al. (2016): Recent studies ...
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Why does learning new mental skills lead to headaches?

Migraine and tension-type headaches are an important burden in many people's daily lives. This is not my direct research topic. But as far as I have read on the subject headache has been related to ...
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How can the effects of pain on cognitive functions be tested in an ethically accepted way?

There are definitely a few ways to ethically inflict pain, including electrical stimulation, pressure, and heat/cold. Lots of studies have used them, for example, Wager et al. (2004) and Wilson et al....
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How can the effects of pain on cognitive functions be tested in an ethically accepted way?

Pain is a form of stress. I would replace pain with another, ethically less problematic stressor. If you would want to do it elegantly, test a group of subjects with chronic pain (anything; e.g., back ...
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