05/06/2013 12:14 pm ET Updated Jul 06, 2013

New Test Distinguishes Physical From Emotional Pain In Brain For First Time


New research suggests physical pain may have a distinct brain "signature" that distinguishes it from emotional hurt. In the brain, the pain from broken leg and the anguish of a broken heart share much of same circuitry. But the latest evidence points to distinct ways that the brain processes each type of pain and could lead to a greater understanding of how to detect and treat them.

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