Acetaminophen Reduces Social Pain

  title={Acetaminophen Reduces Social Pain},
  author={C. Nathan DeWall and Geoff Macdonald and Gregory D. Webster and Carrie L. Masten and Roy F. Baumeister and Caitlin Powell and David J. Y. Combs and David Ryan Schurtz and Tyler F. Stillman and Dianne M. Tice and Naomi I. Eisenberger},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={931 - 937}
Pain, whether caused by physical injury or social rejection, is an inevitable part of life. These two types of pain—physical and social—may rely on some of the same behavioral and neural mechanisms that register pain-related affect. To the extent that these pain processes overlap, acetaminophen, a physical pain suppressant that acts through central (rather than peripheral) neural mechanisms, may also reduce behavioral and neural responses to social rejection. In two experiments, participants… 

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