New study shows swearing reduces pain

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New study shows swearing reduces pain

Post by Individual » Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:35 pm

On Dr. Sanjay Gupta's blog:
http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2009 ... hat-hurts/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

He mentions a recent study which claims that swearing has an analgesic effect; it actually helps to increase pain tolerance.
For the study, Stephens asked the participants to submerge one hand in nearly freezing water for as long as they could while repeating a curse word. Later the participants submerged the same hand again, this time repeating a word they would use to describe a table. When people were cursing, they kept their hand in the water for 40 more seconds than they could otherwise.
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Re: New study shows swearing reduces pain

Post by tiltbillings » Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:23 pm

Damned right!!
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

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Re: New study shows swearing reduces pain

Post by Individual » Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:32 pm

Found a somewhat longer article in Scientific American:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... o-we-swear" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: New study shows swearing reduces pain

Post by Cittasanto » Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:28 pm

what the FILM (I would like to remind everyone that film is a four letter word)
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Re: New study shows swearing reduces pain

Post by Mawkish1983 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:09 am

So the choice is still: short term anaesthetic vs long term kamma-vipaka?

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