A new study suggests that swearing makes it easier to bear pain.
Press Release – Wired PR News – A new study suggests that swearing makes it easier to tolerate pain. As reported by LiveScience.com, researchers found after testing 64 volunteer subjects that muttering curse words helped increase their tolerance for pain.
Richard Stephens with England based Keele University, who is one of the study’s authors, is quoted in the report as stating of the results, “Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon… It taps into emotional brain centers and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain.” Researchers reportedly attribute the increased tolerance to an initiation of a fight or flight response in humans.
More about the study may be found in the August 5 publication of the NeuroReport journal.
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