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The Sciences

NCBI ROFL: Swearing as a response to pain.

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflAugust 13, 2009 2:51 AM

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"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."

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Thanks to Helen for today's ROFL!

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