Friday, September 07, 2012

Video Games Increase Pain Tolerance?!

You know that adage that swearing will help increase pain tolerance? They proved it on Mythbusters, and if the Mythbusters say it, then it must be true!

Well some researchers in England decided to try this with violent video games. They gave 40 subjects 10 minutes to play a violent or non-violent video game, and then dunk their hand in colder water. They determined that those who played the violent games had a higher pain tolerance. Why? Emotional responses in the brain are believed to trigger this increased resistance to pain. Much like with swearing. It gives the illusion that we’re not in “that” much pain.

What does this say about violent video games? Who knows. I’m still working out the reasons behind doing this “study” in the first place.


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