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Peggy Mason, PhD
- Systems / Behavior / Cognitive
Ben-Ami Bartal I, Murray TM, Williams JZ, J. Decety J, Mason P (2013) Emotional contagion is required for pro-social behavior in rats. Soc Neurosci Abstract [# 2013-S-8141].
Ben-Ami Bartal I, Decety J, Mason P (2011) Empathy and pro-social behavior in rats. Science 334: 1427-30.
This paper is the first demonstration of empathically motivated helping behavior in rodents.
Mason P, Bartal IB (2010) How the social brain experiences empathy: summary of a gathering. Soc Neurosci 6:1-5.
This review describes a variety of perspectives on empathy from the point of view of biology, anthropology, medicine, and psychology.
Mason P (2007) Empathy is a pain: so why bother? Mind Matters, Scientific American, December issue.
This is a commentary on Jeff Mogil's excellent work showing empathy for pain between mouse cagemates (Langford et al (2006), Science 312:1967-70).
Select publications related to pain modulation:
Hellman KM, Mason P, Opioids disrupt pro-nociceptive modulation mediated by raphe magnus. J Neurosci 32(2012)13668-78. PMID: 23035079[PubMed - in process].
Foo H, Mason P, Ingestion analgesia occurs when a bad taste turns good, Behav Neurosci 125(2011)956-61. [PMCID: PMC3226930]
Foo H, Mason P, Analgesia accompanying food consumption requires ingestion of hedonic foods. J Neurosci 29(2009)13053-62.
Foo H, Crabtree K, Thrasher A, Mason P, Eating is a protected behavior even in the face of persistent pain in male rats. Physiol Behav 97(2009)426-9.
Mason P, Gao K, Genzen JR, Serotonergic raphe magnus cell discharge reflects on-going autonomic and respiratory activities J Neurophysiol 98(2007)1919-27.
Nason MW, Mason P, Medullary raphe neurons facilitate brown adipose tissue activation J Neurosci 26(2006)1190-8.
Baez MA, Brink TS, Mason P, Roles for pain modulatory cells during micturition and continence J Neurosci 25(2005)384-394.
Foo H, Mason P, Sensory suppression during feeding. PNAS 102(2005)16865-16869.
Brink TS, Mason P, Role for raphe magnus neuronal responses in the behavioral reactions to colorectal distension. J Neurophysiol 93(2004)2302-11.
Nason MW, Mason P, Modulation of sympathetic and somatomotor function by the ventromedial medulla J Neurophysiol 92(2004)510-522.
Foo H, Mason P, Discharge of raphe magnus ON and OFF cells is predictive of the motor facilitation evoked by repeated laser stimulation. J Neurosci 23(2003)1933-1940.
Leung CG, Mason P, Physiological properties of medullary raphe neurons during sleep and waking. J Neurophysiol 81(1999)584-595.
Leung CG, Mason P, A physiological survey of medullary raphe and magnocellular reticular neurons in the anesthetized rat. J Neurophysiol 80(1998)1630-1646.
Gao K, Chen DO, Genzen JR, Mason P, Activation of serotonergic neurons in the raphe magnus is not necessary for morphine analgesia. J Neurosci 18(1998)1860-1868.
Gao K, Kim YH, Mason P, SEROTONERGIC pontomedullary neurons are not activated by antinociceptive stimulation in the periaqueductal gray. J Neurosci 17(1997)3285-3292.
Mason P, Physiological identification of pontomedullary serotonergic neurons in the rat. J Neurophysiol 77(1997)1087-1098.
Selected reviews on pain modulation:
Mason P, Medullary circuits for nociceptive modulation. Curr Op Neurobiol 22(2012)640-5. PMID: 22483535.
Mason P, Two negatives make a positive: telencephalic-mediated analgesia. Exp Neurol 236(2012)336-8. PMID: 22580343.
Mason P, From descending pain modulation to obesity via the medullary raphe. Pain 152(2011)S20-4. PMID: 21087824
Mason P, Placing pain on the sensory map: classic papers by Ed Perl and colleagues, J Neurophysiol 97(2007)1871-3.
Mason P, Contributions of the medullary raphe and ventromedial reticular region to pain modulation and other homeostatic functions. Ann Rev Neurosci 25(2001)737-777.