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Molecular Psychiatry (2001) 6, 256260 2001 Nature Publishing Group All rights reserved 1359-4184/01 $15.00
 

Summary: Molecular Psychiatry (2001) 6, 256260
2001 Nature Publishing Group All rights reserved 1359-4184/01 $15.00
www.nature.com/mp
SCIENTIFIC CORRESPONDENCE
Dissociating anxiety from
pain: mapping the neuronal
marker N-acetyl aspartate to
perception distinguishes
closely interrelated
characteristics of chronic pain
SIR The notion that human cognitive-perceptual
states are a reflection of brain chemistry is a fundamen-
tal assumption in neuroscience. However, a direct cor-
respondence between these two domains has not been
shown. Here we demonstrate distinct mappings
between brain chemistry and cognitive-perceptual
properties of chronic pain. By examining brain regional
variations of the neuronal marker N-acetyl aspartate
(NAA), we identify distinct relationships between
regional variations in brain NAA and the character-

  

Source: Apkarian, A. Vania - Department of Physiology, Northwestern University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine