Cerebellar activation is consistently found during noxious stimulation but little is known about its pain-related specificity. Under natural circumstances noxious stimuli are actively or passively delivered with concomitant tactile sensory stimulation. Using fMRI we therefore studied pain-related cerebellar activation with innocuous and noxious thermal stimuli in a parametric design taking motor execution as confounding factor into account. With respect to psychophysical pain ratings anterior vermal and ipsilateral hemispheric lobule VI activation was parametrically modulated for stimulus intensity in actively but not in passively elicited thermal stimulation. The cerebellum seems to be capable of distinguishing active from passive painful stimuli.
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- Forschungsschwerpunkt: Gehirn, Hormone, Verhalten - Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)