Romance Works As A Painkiller, Claims Standford University Research
UK Today News: Romance Works As A Painkiller, Claims Standford University Research
Romance can work wonders to release a person from pain, according to a new study by the researchers from Standford University. The study claims that even burning sensations are soothed if the individual is shown the pictures of their lover.
Sean Mackey, a professor with Stanford University, California, says, “When people are in this passionate, all-consuming phase of love, there are significant alterations in their mood that are impacting their experience of pain.”
He further added, “When thinking about your beloved there is intense activation in the reward area of the brain – the same area that lights up when you take cocaine, the same area that lights up when you win a lot of money.”
The people taken as subjects in the study were the new lovers, the ones who had recently fallen in love, and those who were in their initial nine months of romance. The study was looking at the brain systems involved in experiencing love as an emotion in dealing with pain.