Pain And Decision-Making: Interrelated Through Homeostasis

Celina A. Salcido, Maxine K. Geltmeier, Perry N. Fuchs*
The University of Texas Arlington, Department of Psychology



Pain is a multidimensional experience that motivates organisms to engage in behavioral repertoire to deal with potential life-threatening situations that are a threat to homeostatic function.


The aim of this mini-review was to highlight the nature of pain, the role that pain has as a motivational drive to impact higher-order cognitive processes, such as decision making, and how these processes are intimately integrated with homeostatic mechanisms.


Both conceptual and neurobiological overlap suggest a close interaction of decision-making, pain, and homeostasis.


Pain, decision-making and homeostasis are interconnected through a common denominator of survival and must be considered when assessing pain-related issues and treatments.

Keywords: Pain, Decision-making, Homeostasis, Pain Affect, Motivation.

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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2018
Volume: 11
Publisher Item Identifier: EA-TOPAINJ-2018-9

Article History:

Received Date: 24/09/2018
Revision Received Date: 20/11/2018
Acceptance Date: 22/11/2018
Electronic publication date: 05/12/2018
Collection year: 2018

© 2018 Salcido eta al.

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