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Swearing can lessen pain

Posted on Monday, July 20 2009 @ 10:20:48 CEST by

Researchers from the school of psychology at Britain's Keele University have found that swearing can have a pain-lessening effect:
Their study involved 64 volunteers who were each asked to put their hand in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.

They then repeated the experiment using a more commonplace word that they would use to describe a table.

The researchers found the volunteers were able to keep their hands in the ice water for a longer time when swearing, establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.



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