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PainSci » bibliography » Melzack et al 1965
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Five articles on PainSci cite Melzack 1965: 1. Pain is Weird2. Heat for Pain and Rehab3. Does Ultrasound Therapy Work?4. Mind Over Pain5. Counterstimulation, Counterirritation, and Gate Control

PainSci notes on Melzack 1965:

This is Melzack and Wall’s seminal paper arguing that (emphasis mine) “pain perception and response is triggered after the cutaneous sensory input has been modulated by both sensory feedback mechanisms and the influences of the central nervous system. We propose that the abstraction of information at the first synapse may mark only the beginning of a continuing selection and filtering of the input.” Among other things, this is the paper that described the mechanism of gate control and ultimately gave rise to the highly influential concept of the neuromatrix (Melzack).

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