Neat stuff. Using real-time fMRI, researchers found they could quickly train chronic pain patients to regulate levels of activity in their anterior cingulate and reduce their pain intensity.
Being able to monitor their self-regulation was much more effective than cognitive training alone (without scan), or regulation directed at another brain region. Very cool.
BTW, the anterior cingulate is also interesting because of its implication reward anticipation, decision-making, and ADHD.
Remember this picture?
rfMRI and Pain Control
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