Repeating the 'F' word can improve threshold for pain during an ice water challenge

A recent study found that repeating the “F” word during an ice water experiment increased subjects’ tolerance and threshold for pain. However, reciting made-up swear words showed no such pain-reducing effects. The study was published in Frontiers in Psychology.Numerous studies have shown that the use of swear words can strengthen pain tolerance during an ice water experiment. UK researchers Stephens and Robertson set out to explore the mechanism behind this pain-relieving effect in a unique way. A team of specialists invented two new “swear” words with properties similar to known curse words. ...


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