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Pain-related behaviour is remarkably consistent between cultures. sybanto/Shutterstock

‘I feel your pain’: measuring the unmeasurable

There may be many pitfalls in an argument which equates sensation in humans with nervous discharges from frogs skin. – Edgar Adrian, 1932 Nobel Prize in Medicine Humans seem to experience pain, whether…
Feel the pain – but is it real or are you faking it?

It’s harder to fake a sickie if the doctor’s a machine

A computer system has been developed that can tell whether facial expressions of pain are real or fake – with possible implications for those of us who fake the occasional “sickie”. A study, published…

Pain can be objectively measured

Scientists have found a means to objectively quantify pain. University of Michigan researchers have found the brain’s signature…

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