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Nonverbal indicators of pain: Commentary on key on fish pain


Van Rysewyk, S, Nonverbal indicators of pain: Commentary on key on fish pain, Animal Sentience, 1, (3) pp. 1-3. ISSN 2377-7478 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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In discussing fish pain, Key privileges pain in humans "the only species able to directly report on its feelings." Human experience of pain is not necessarily best reflected by verbal self-report, however. Neural responses to noxious stimuli are influenced by individual differences and by context. Nonverbal pain displays such as facial expressions reflect part of the neural response to noxious stimuli. Most mammals have a specific facial grimace reflecting pain. If fish have a somatic expression of pain, the development of a reliable and accurate somatic pain scale specific to fish could make a contribution to the debate about fish pain.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:fish, pain, facial expression, analgesia
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Pain
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Van Rysewyk, S (Mr Simon Van Rysewyk)
ID Code:147446
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2021-11-01
Last Modified:2021-11-22

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