A new study suggests the brain may feel the pain of other people.
New York (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study suggests the brain may be able to feel the pain of other people. As reported by Reuters Health, researchers found that some individuals may have physical responses to seeing others hurt, or vicarious pain.
Dr. Stuart W. G. Derbyshire of the University of Birmingham, a researcher on the study, is quoted in the report as stating, “Patients with functional pain experience pain in the absence of an obvious disease or injury to explain their pain… Consequently, there is considerable effort to uncover other ways in which the pain might be generated.”
Derbyshire is further quoted as stating of the findings, “We think this confirms that at least some people have an actual physical reaction when observing others being injured or expressing pain.”
More information about the findings may be available in the Pain journal.
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