Thomas Ramey Watson

What you look at determines how much pain you feel

Contrary to many people’s compulsion to look away during a painf

ul event such as an injection, scientists found that looking at your body – in this case the hand – reduces the

pain experienced.

The team also showed that magnifying the hand to make it appear larger cut pain levels fur

ther still.

The study, published in Psychological Science, is shedd

ing light on how the brain processes pain.

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