Swearing as a response to pain.

@article{Stephens2009SwearingAA,
  title={Swearing as a response to pain.},
  author={Richard Stephens and John Atkins and Andrew Kingston},
  journal={Neuroreport},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 12},
  pages={
          1056-60
        }
}
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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