Pain and Decision-Making: Interrelated Through Homeostasis
Celina A. Salcido, Maxine K. Geltmeier, Perry N. Fuchs*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2018
First Page: 31
Last Page: 40
Publisher Id: TOPAINJ-11-31
Article History:Received Date: 24/09/2018
Revision Received Date: 20/11/2018
Acceptance Date: 26/11/2018
Electronic publication date: 31/12/2018
Collection year: 2018
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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.