March 19, 2011

IT'S EMOTIONAL, NOT PHYSICAL:

Women tend to process pain differently than men (Jenny Fagundo. 3/17/11, MBPE Capital)

A research team from London and Japan led by Professor Qasim Aziz,of the Wingate Institute for Neurogastroenterology,Queen Mary University of London,studied brain activity and reactions of 16 men and 16 women in the anticipation and processing of pain.The study involved healthy volunteers who were told that a tiny balloon would be expanded in the gullet,before the procedure lasting a second.During the period leading up to it,women had less activity in areas that process fear and more activity in areas involved in preparing and planning movements to avoid the impending pain.In men,fear was predominant when they were expecting to feel pain.During the painful event,the opposite reaction was seen among men who were more involved with pain avoidance.

In contrast,women showed greater activity in areas involved in processing emotions and feeling the pain.

The fact that during pain our female subjects showed more activation of the emotion processing areas in the brain could suggest a mechanism whereby females may attribute more emotional importance to painful stimuli which may influence how they perceive,report and respond to pain in comparison to males, the Daily Mail quoted Prof Aziz as saying.


Sissies.


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