How empathy affects the complex experience of pain

08/13/2014 | New Zealand Herald, The

Pain specialist Michael Vagg writes about how our ability to understand the mind-states of others plays an important role in the complex experience of pain. "Since pain is a multidimensional, private experience, it may seem futile to try to measure it. But it's important to try. Since pain, in its everyday form, is a measure of injury, it can be a useful proxy for whether a condition is getting better or worse," Vagg writes.

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