Swearing as a response to pain

  title={Swearing as a response to pain},
  author={R. Stephens and J. Atkins and A. Kingston},
  • R. Stephens, J. Atkins, A. Kingston
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • NeuroReport
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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