Acetaminophen reduces social pain: behavioral and neural evidence.

@article{DeWall2010AcetaminophenRS,
  title={Acetaminophen reduces social pain: behavioral and neural evidence.},
  author={C. Nathan DeWall and Geoff Macdonald and Gregory D. Webster and Carrie L. Masten and Roy F. Baumeister and Caitlin Annie Jane Powell and David B Combs and David Ryan Schurtz and Tyler F. Stillman and Dianne M. Tice and Naomi I. Eisenberger},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21 7},
  pages={
          931-7
        }
}
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… CONTINUE READING

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