First-person neuroscience and the understanding of pain

Lester E Jones and Laura Y Whitburn
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10746
Published online: 18 June 2012

To the Editor: At first, Thacker and Moseley appear to do an about-turn on much of their published work by de-emphasising the role of the brain and nervous system in the human pain experience.1 However, on closer scrutiny, their reflection encapsulates key messages for health professionals about pain not being located in the tissues, while exposing the inadequacy of non-person-centred approaches to their practice and to researching pain.

  • La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.


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  • 1. Thacker MA, Moseley GL. First-person neuroscience and the understanding of pain. Med J Aust 2012; 196: 410-411.
  • 2. Moseley GL, Gallace A, Spence C. Bodily illusions in health and disease: physiological and clinical perspectives and the concept of a cortical ‘body matrix’. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2012; 36: 34-45.
  • 3. Fuchs T, Schlimme JE. Embodiment and psychopathoogy: a phenomenological perspective. Curr Opin Psychiatry 2009; 22: 570-575.
  • 4. Glannon W. Our brains are not us. Bioethics 2009; 23: 321-329.


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