Pharmaceutical companies, make room for this news: Art can be used as a painkiller too.
Researchers in Italy asked twelve men and women to judge 300 pieces of art, and rate it as ugly or beautiful. While the participants judged the art’s aesthetics, the researchers zapped them with a laser pulse.
To measure the subjects’ response to pain, the researchers hooked up electrodes to their brains. The results? When the subjects looked at what they thought were beautiful paintings, they responded less to the pain. When questioned after the test, the participants consistently said that the laser pulse was more painful when they thought the paintings they were looking at were ugly.
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