Brain waves can be used to predict future pain sensitivity
- Published: Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:39
Rhythms produced by the brain can reliably be used to predict how sensitive we are to pain, new research shows.
The living brain is constantly producing regular rhythmic patterns of activity, which can be compared to musical notes. Scientists at the University of Birmingham in the UK, and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in the US, have successfully demonstrated that one particularly prevalent pattern of brain activity, called alpha waves, strongly relates to the body's susceptibility or resilience to pain.