First-person neuroscience and the understanding of pain

Michael A Thacker and G Lorimer Moseley
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10468
Published online: 2 April 2012

Might science need philosophy for a precise and complete understanding of pain?

We were invited to reflect upon brain–mind–pain interactions and to opine on whether modern neuroscience adequately considers pain phenomena and experience. One might suggest that adequacy is not a particularly lofty goal in this respect. However, if we were to consider whether modern neuroscience thoroughly, or precisely, considers pain phenomena and experience, we would have to conclude in the negative.

  • Michael A Thacker1
  • G Lorimer Moseley2,3

  • 1 Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, and Pain Research Section, Department of Neuroimaging, Institute of Psychiatry,King’s College London, London, UK.
  • 2 Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

Lorimer Moseley has received consultancy fees from Grünenthal and speaker’s fees or travel expenses for meetings organised by NOIGroup Australia, Boehringer Ingelheim Europe, Grünenthal Europe and Sandoz.


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