Swearing as a response to pain

@article{Stephens2009SwearingAA,
  title={Swearing as a response to pain},
  author={Richard Stephens and J. B. Atkins and and Ann E. Kingston},
  journal={NeuroReport},
  year={2009},
  volume={20},
  pages={1056-1060}
}
Although a common pain response, whether swearing alters individuals' experience of pain has not been investigated. This study investigated whether swearing affects cold-pressor pain tolerance (the ability to withstand immersing the hand in icy water), pain perception and heart rate. In a repeated measures design, pain outcomes were assessed in participants asked to repeat a swear word versus a neutral word. In addition, sex differences and the roles of pain catastrophising, fear of pain and… 
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