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Introduction to nociception

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the physiological process by which never stimuli that are potentially damaging are detected and transmitted to the brain where they may be interpreted as pain.


the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) define pain as: “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.

Perception (pain)

the process by which the brain interprets nerve signals as pain.


the process by which potentially painful sensations stimulate specialised nerves or nociceptors.


the process by which nerve signals are conducted from the peripheral receptors to the brain.


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The British Pain Society


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