When you touch a hot stove, you reflexively pull your hand away in an instant. If you get burned (and you’re like us), you’ll grunt and whine about the pain for hours. Both of these are “painful,” but why do they feel so different? It turns out there there are entirely different neurons dedicated to each feeling, and that means it might be possible to turn off certain pains. James brings in a paper that does testing on mutant rats to get to the bottom of the question: why is pain, well, painful?
Questions or comments? Reach out to us:
You might also like these episodes!
- Episode 80 · Can you stimulate consciousness?
- Episode 50 · How is Neuralink hacking the brain?
- Episode 48 · Can your brain see into the future?
- Episode 27 · Are female brains really 'more youthful'?
- Episode 26 · Can you understand talking brain waves?
- Episode 22 · Can an LED control your nervous system?
- Episode 14 · Is paralysis a thing of the past?
- Episode 11 · How many faces do you know?
- Episode 4 · Is pollution hurting your cognition?