Holding hands helps relieve pain, word of science

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Holding hands helps relieve pain especially in some particular moments in life. To say it is a team of scientists from the University of Colorado who published a new study in the journal PNAS that tests brain synchronization between couples.

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Holding hands it helps to relieve pain especially in some particular moments of life. To say it is a team of scientists from the University of Colorado who published a new study in the journal PNAS that tests brain synchronization between couples.





An innovative discovery: holding hands between lovers would reduce suffering by 34%. Neuroscientists led by Pavel Goldstein they conducted an experiment aimed at demonstrating that together the pain is better overcome. And it is not a question of suggestion.

The research talks about the empathy that is created between lovers who synchronize their brain waves thus helping those who are suffering to suffer less.

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They have been recruited 22 pairs heterosexuals between the ages of 23 and 32 to demonstrate that some sort of brain coupling may exist in response to physical pain.

The women were placed on the arm of a hot metal, according to scientists those who shook hands with their partner, felt less pain than those who were distant from their partner. For Goldstein, physical suffering was even 34% lower.

To reach this conclusion, the experiment was repeated in different situations and each time the pain was quantified both through the direct testimony of the volunteer and through the external eye of the male counterpart.

The recordings of the electrical activity of the brain (EGG) of all the subjects involved, then revealed that the electroencephalogram of the women who had experienced low levels of pain was almost identical to that of their respective partners. For this, scientists speculate that holding hands can promote the release of chemicals in the brain, which act as a endogenous analgesics.

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The research, however, has brought with it some skepticism. Flavia Mancini of the Computational and Biological Learning Lab of the University of Cambridge, for example, says that it would be necessary to understand if everything works with both short and deep pains and with chronic ones.



“What really matters is the social connection we shouldn't let others suffer in isolation, with or without a partner by your side,” Mancini told the Times.

Dominella Trunfio

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