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Pain modulation by intranasal oxytocin and emotional picture viewing — a randomized double-blind fMRI study

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Zunhammer, Matthias ; Geis, Sandra ; Busch, Volker ; Eichhammer, Peter ; Greenlee, Mark W.
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 16 Dec 2019 14:42


The hormone oxytocin has been hypothesized to influence the emotional dimension of pain. This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study explored whether intranasal oxytocin and emotional context can affect heat pain perception in 30 healthy male volunteers. After receiving 36 IU oxytocin or placebo, participants underwent functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) during ...


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