What Is the Relationship between Pain and Emotion? Bridging Constructs and Communities

Neuron. 2020 Jul 8;107(1):17-21. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2020.05.024. Epub 2020 Jun 19.


Although pain is defined as a sensory and emotional experience, it is traditionally researched and clinically treated separately from emotion. Conceptual and mechanistic relationships between these constructs highlight the need for better understanding of their bi-directional influences and the value of bridging the pain and emotion research and clinical communities.

Keywords: affect; brain; chronic pain; emotion; interoception; mental health; nociception; noxious; pain; subjective experience.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Pain / psychology*