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Talking About Pain Makes It Worse

by Rajshri on  April 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Talking About Pain Makes It Worse
Scientists at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in Germany have found that talking about pain just makes it worse than it actually is.
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The study involved 16 volunteers who underwent brain scans called functional magnetic resonance imaging when they were made to read a list of words associated with pain, and negative and positive emotions. The researchers found that painful words triggered responses in the region of the brain involved in pain processing.

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Colicky, Paralysing, Nipping, Gruelling, Afflicting, Squeezing, and Drilling were some of the words that evoked a response in that region of the brain.

"These findings show that words alone are capable of activating our pain matrix. Our results suggest as well that verbal stimuli have a more important meaning than we have thought so far," said Professor Thomas Weiss, who led the study.

The details of the study appear in the journal Pain.


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