Looking Photos of Loved Ones Gives Relief from Pain
According to the scientists at Stanford University, looking pictures of loved ones reduces pain.
Their study revealed that watching image of romantic partner dulls the activity in the pain-processing part of the brain, to a same degree as paracetamol or cocaine.
In this study, brains of love struck students were subjected to MRI scan as they were made to focus on their love partners while varying heat pains were given on their skin.
Neuroscientist Jarred Younger found that average pain got reduced by 36 to 44 percent and intense pain got reduced by 13 percent.
In a study published in the U. S. journal Public Library of Science, the post-doctoral scholar said, "The reduction of pain is associated with higher, cortical parts of the brain."
It was found that more primitive aspect of the brain block pain at a spinal level, quite similar to how opoid analgesics work.
Key site for love-induced analgesia is the nucleus accumbens, a key reward addition centre for opoids, and other drugs. This tells us that we do not need to depend on drugs to reduce pain.
Researchers at the University of California found that women showed significant reduction in pain experience while holding their partner’s hand.
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