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An illustrated coronal (frontal) section of the brain, depicting areas of the brain which respond to pain, particularly in men. Typical regions of the brain, highlighted in red, which have demonstrated a response to painful stimuli are the thalamus (centre), insular cortex (outermost), cingulate cortex (top) and hippocampus (bottom). The insular cortex plays a role in pain experience, motor control, heart rate and basic emotions or emotional processing.
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