Is Your Brain the Easiest Thing to Manipulate?

Kenny's girlfriend: You did enjoy last night, didn't you? Kenny: Yes I did, I thought the love-making was absolutely top notch. Kenny's girlfriend: It's funny, I can't remember that part... I can't find any underwear, it keeps on going missing. You haven't seen any of it have you? Kenny: Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around my eyes, look into my eyes, you're under. I have not been taking your underwear home, putting it on in my bedroom and then parading up and down in front of the mirror going (running his hands over his body) 'Oh, oh, oh, oh'. Three, two, one... You're back in the room.

(Telegraph) Pain relief – it is just an illusion

It was supposed to be a trick of the mind to entertain the crowds.

But a visual illusion that gives the impression your hand is being massaged could actually turn out to be an effective treatment for arthritis.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham demonstrating the trick at an open day were amazed when a number of pensioners told how it had miraculously reduced the pain in their joints.

The computer simulation was later tested on a sample of sufferers and in 85 per cent of cases it reduced their pain by 50 per cent.

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(Telegraph) Swearing can help relieve pain, study claims

Swearing after hurting yourself can help numb the pain of an injury, new research suggests.

Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect, especially for people who do not normally use expletives.

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Also see How Does a Placebo Still Work Even When You Know It’s a Placebo?, What is the Brain’s ‘God spot’?, and Can You Trick Your Brain When it Comes to Pain?

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