Neuroscience Nugget #03 – The Brain Is Boss

September 1, 2017

The Brain Is Boss


The body tells the brain when it is in danger, not when it is in pain. Ultimately the brain is boss – it doesn’t have to listen to the danger messages that come in from the body and and may contribute to pain. Mind you, it is highly likely to listen to the danger messages coming in from a sore tooth when you are at the dentist, compared to the danger messages coming in from yesterday’s bruise when you are watching a great movie. There are lots of bosses in the body, but we reckon the brain is the ultimate boss. Remember though, sometimes bosses don’t listen, and sometimes they make decisions we find difficult to understand.

Neuroscience Nuggets

Neuroscience nuggets is a concept developed by David Butler and Lorimer Mosseley of NOI (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute). In their own words, “Neuroscience nuggets are information nuggets – pieces of biological information based on statement or metaphor that can be used as educational analgesia, explicit education or part of overall story telling.”

This nugget is shared from NOI’s book, “Explain Pain Supercharged”. I hope you enjoy this fun learning about pain!