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Asked by codysukroo to Emma, Josie, Kristyn, Peter, Sarah on 30 Aug 2013.
Keywords: pain, part
The brain itself can’t feel pain (so if you prodded it with a fork or something, you wouldn’t feel it!). However, the brain processes pain from the rest of the body, so for example if you burn your hand, the nerves in your hand would send signals to the brain, which would then tell you “Your hand’s burning! Ouch!! Move it away!!”
No, the brain itself doesn’t have any, so when people have brain surgery, they don’t need to have any drugs that numb the brain-the patient is actually awake!
The coverings of the brain do have pain receptors though. This includes a special layer of tissue, which is a bit like skin, called the Dura Mater-which is part of the meninges. It sits a bit like a swimming cap on top of the brain. The skull and scalp can also feel pain.
Yay to prodding brains with forks! 🙂
Your brain is however, very important in your perception of pain. Some people have a disease that causes them not to feel pain, which is incredibly dangerous. At least part of it is caused by a malfunction of neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain.
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