Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Controversies in Neuroscience V: Persistent pain

Pain, pleasure, and the mind

Yitzchak M. Binik a1
a1 Departments of Psychology, McGill University and Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1B1


The target articles by blumberg et al. and berkley reflect some of the recent major theoretical and clinical advances in two areas of pain research. These two articles also represent two very different approaches to which type of variables are considered relevant to the study of pain. These different approaches are contrasted in the context of the different emphases in pain and pleasure research.