Faculty mentor: Tiffany Love
Chronic pain is a condition that affects ~30% of the US population, and little is known about the underlying neurobiological mechanisms. In this study, we used resting state fMRI data to investigate the connectivity between the nucleus accumbens and other reward-related parts of the brain. We found that there is a sex by chronic pain status interaction between the right nucleus accumbens and right insula. This indicates that chronic pain may affect the role affect has in salience assignation.
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