Breaking the Neural Code When It Comes to Pain

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Neuroscientist Tor Wager researches how the brain guides how we experience the world.

Tor Wager, the Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience, helps lead Dartmouth’s Breaking the Neural Code academic cluster, which includes research on how placebos affect patients who are feeling pain.

“We study how the brain creates mental models, belief structures, that then guide how we experience the world, and in particular how we experience pain,” Wager says.