Pain and Pleasure

Pain and Pleasure - A ugust 3, 2010 Topic: Pain Function of...

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Topic: Pain Function of pain Relationship between pain and pleasure Pain in other species Different types of pain Relating effectively to pain Insensitivity to pain: Pain is a necessary part of life that helps us avoid harm Established in family with many affected individuals o A recessive genetic disorder o Fully in tact perception of touch, warmth, pressure, coolness, tickle, proprioception Functions of pain: Short-lasting causes withdrawal from source Long-lasting pain promotes specific behaviors Expression of pain signals to others Evolution: Gene machines Success measured by reproductive fitness o Doesn’t feel this way Pain and pleasure: “govern us in all we do, say, and think” Underlie nearly all our primary drives: o Universal motivators, sovereign masters o Hunger and thirst o Sex o Avoiding physical dangers Even our more cultured goals usually return to this bottom line Relating pain and pleasure:
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course PSY PSY 101 taught by Professor Mrazek during the Summer '10 term at UCSB.

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Pain and Pleasure - A ugust 3, 2010 Topic: Pain Function of...

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