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What can illusions teach us about the brain?
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This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain - Wired Science

This Computer Can Tell When People Are Faking Pain - Wired Science | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

You can tell when someone's faking a smile or pretending to be in pain, right? Sure you can. But computer scientists think they can build systems that do it even better. There's already a Google Glass app in beta testing ...

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Bearing in mind the source of the article (wired.com), this looks like an interesting advance in AI.
At least the photo (above) is useful.

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Lack of sound sleep may lead to stress, illusion of pain

Lack of sound sleep may lead to stress, illusion of pain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
PATNA: If you feel like chest pain, it may be because of lack of sound sleep for regular eight hours. Doctors suggest that loss of sleep and resultant stress may lead to illusions of pain in certain...
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Pain in the brain

Pain in the brain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
You don’t just experience pain physically. The amount of pain you perceive is influenced by environmental factors – for example sound, temperature and your surroundings – and psychological factors,...
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CRPS & pain – some things you may not have realised

CRPS & pain – some things you may not have realised | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Pain is multidimensional. Pain is 100% produced by the brain in response to a perceived threat. The brain allocates a location using the cortical maps, hence why we feel pain in our backs or knees....
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Pain - some things you may not have realised — Specialist Pain ...

Pain - some things you may not have realised — Specialist Pain ... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The brain tries to make sense of the situation, scrutinising what is going on on the basis of past experience (learning) and comparing to the information being received from ALL body systems. ...
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Mirror therapy for pain?

Mirror therapy for pain? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Dateline: 15 November 2011 // Posted by: Kaitlin Hanley
Source: Los Angeles Times; Huffington Post; Daily Mail; The Guardian

Story: "Optical illusion dampens arthritis pain"

Summary: A new study reported at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference suggests that mirror therapy, often used as treatment for those who have had an amputation, can also be effective in treating arthritis. The study was conducted by the lab of V.S. Ramachandran, a neuroscientist whose lab is located at UC San Diego in California. The findings were presented by neuroscientist Laura Case in Washington

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Illusion can halve the pain of osteoarthritis, scientists say

Illusion can halve the pain of osteoarthritis, scientists say | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A serendipitous discovery by academics has shown that a simple illusion can significantly reduce -- and in some cases even temporarily eradicate -- arthritic pain in the hand.
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The Science of Pain - YouTube

Why do we feel pain, and how can we manage it? Watch the rest of the series: http://bit.ly/1n5llRo SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 Use the hashtag #ScienceS...
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Can athletes train themselves to be less sensitive to pain? I don't know but here is a video which examines the evidence.

This is from ASAP Science, one of the many new YouTube channels that are Science-based.

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Illusions could be key to pain management

PAIN relief for thousands of Australians could one day be attained through nothing more than some video trickery.
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No brain, no pain | Hospital News

No brain, no pain | Hospital News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The fact that pain, specifically musculoskeletal pain, is perceived as if occurring in the body, while in actuality, pain is mostly the result of complex neurological activity in the brain.
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How Video Games Can Make You Forget Pain

How Video Games Can Make You Forget Pain | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

We speak to cognitive psychologist Hunter Hoffman about the link between video games and physical pain, and why virtual reality is a better distraction than Mario Kart.

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Good intentions ease pain, add to pleasure

Good intentions ease pain, add to pleasure | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A nurse's tender loving care really does ease the pain of a medical procedure, and grandma's cookies really do taste better, if we perceive them to be made with love -- suggests newly published research.
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David's Mirror: Illusions and Pain Perception | Nationally Acclaimed Politics, Science and Culture Coverage - Miller-McCune

David's Mirror: Illusions and Pain Perception | Nationally Acclaimed Politics, Science and Culture Coverage - Miller-McCune | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

A mirror and massage curtail pain in a case where strong and dangerous pain drugs had failed.

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Using Plausible Illusions To Reduce Phantom Pain

Patients who undergo amputations commonly experience phantom pain, a common side effect. Unfortunately, treatments for this conditions have not been very effective.
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