Pain and other Somatosenses

We can detect light touch, pressure, cold and hot, pain of different types, itch, and even tickle! Pain perception has rightly garnered significant attention, especially efforts to reduce or block pain. It seems to have an emotional component and both short- and long-term effects on brain function.How are the neural pathways and brain mechanisms of pain perception different from those for the perception of other somatosenses such as light touch and pressure?