a theory that the pain mechanism, like hearing and vision, is a specific modality that has its own central and peripheral apparatus. Compare control theory of pain; pattern theory.

SPECIFICITY THEORY: "In specificity theory, pain is produced by nerve impulses generated by injury that are transmitted to a pain centre of the brain."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPECIFICITY THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/specificity-theory/ (accessed January 23, 2020).