NCBI ROFL: Swearing as a response to pain.

By ncbi rofl | August 12, 2009 5:51 pm

“Although a common pain response, whether swearing alters individuals’ experience of pain has not been investigated. This study investigated whether swearing affects cold-pressor pain tolerance (the ability to withstand immersing the hand in icy water), pain perception and heart rate. In a repeated measures design, pain outcomes were assessed in participants asked to repeat a swear word versus a neutral word… …Swearing increased pain tolerance, increased heart rate and decreased perceived pain compared with not swearing.”

Thanks to Helen for today’s ROFL!

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  • Eleni

    I sent this to you guys a month ago. ;-)

  • Mer

    You and Helen actually sent it about a day apart, but then it got buried in our mailbox for a while. Thanks, though!

  • Anonymous

    I was going to publish this, but now they were quicker! What a pain!

    DAMN IT! ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I don't understand. Sounds like real science to me.

  • http://goedjn.com Goedjn

    I’ll bet an inarticulate scream works pretty well, too. Or banging
    your head on the wall and shouting a team name/motto.

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