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You rejected a loved one? Suffering from unrequited love? Only a standard dose of paracetamol – and your languishing of grief broken heart feels obvious relief. So say U.S. researchers.
This is more prosaic than the medication was recently the subject of research neuro scientists, who found that the emotional pain and suffering “nest” in the same part of the brain as physical pain. They also learned that the wounded feelings (for example, because you threw a loved one) is completely possible to “cure” pain relievers.
In the three-week experiment, researchers from the University of California (University of California, USA), was attended by 62 adults. Some of them took Tylenol (acetaminophen American name), and another part – a placebo (a harmless chemical substance under the guise of medicine).
None of the subjects did not know he was taking paracetamol, or placebo, however, all study participants, who recently, in one way or another, suffered from unrequited love, and break-up, had to inform researchers about what they experienced a sense of lonely nights in the study period . As it turned out, those who received one thousand milligrams of painkillers a day (about two tablets), felt great emotional relief. Those who took a placebo, it could not boast.
In another test, study participants were taking part in a computer simulation game of human relations, according to the scenario where a player throws a computer character. At the time of the game, each participant was subjected to experimental brain scan, which showed the activity of those areas that were responsible for emotional distress.
It turned out that the pain that occurs at a time when a man throws his partner, is formed in the same part of the brain as physical pain. This is the anterior cingulate cortex. It is assumed that the same brain regions are involved when a person expects rejection of any social group.
The researchers then repeated the same test by giving some of the participants of paracetamol, and another – a placebo. As expected, those who took paracetamol, reacted less active anterior cingulate cortex to emotional trauma than those who took placebo.
“Denied the strongest feelings cause emotional distress in humans. If you ask any person to recall his earlier and most unpleasant experience, it is generally call a failed love or bad experience of social relations “, – said Eyzenberger Naomi (Naomi Eisenberger), Associate Professor of Social Psychology, University of California.
According to the professor, it has its own logic, which explains the fact why the emotional pain is often compared to physical pain. However, as scientists say, the underlying mechanisms of this connection, it still unknown.