Swearing as a Response to Pain: Assessing Hypoalgesic Effects of Novel “Swear” Words

A recent study found that repeating the “F” word during an ice water experiment increased subjects’ tolerance and threshold for pain. However, reciting made-up swear words showed no such pain-reducing effects. The study was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Surprisingly, reciting the made-up swear words of “fouch” and “twizpipe” did not increase pain tolerance nor pain threshold. 

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