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When you have an accident or find yourself in any sort of pain, researchers found that simply crossing one’s fingers confuses the brain in such a way that it eases pain. The study, published by Current Biology, concluded that increasing the input into the brain can help to ease pain.
Recommendations for Easing Pain
- Cross Your Fingers: The study used illusory pain to test the hypothesis, but since the brain creates the “feeling” of pain regardless of whether it is real or not, it is safe to say that it could help to dull real pain. At least it can’t hurt.
- Swear: Researchers at Keele University found that using 4-letter words when in pain allows people to endure pain 50% longer than those using regular words such as table.