In a research in U. S. it has been established that Acetaminophen, which is active pharma ingredient in Tylenol, in addition to reduction in physical pain, it may also reduce the psychological pain of rejection.
Psychologist C. Nathan DeWall said both physical and social pain tends to overlap in brain, as they have some neural networks in common.
DeWall said that two experiments were conducted first on 62 healthy workers, who were given the dose of 1,000 milligrams of each acetaminophen and placebo. In second experiment, 25 students were administered with the dose of 2,000 milligrams of each acetaminophen and placebo.
Results from both experiments were same, as acetaminophen subjects recorded reduction in distress feelings when subjected to social rejection, while negative feeling remained same in people given placebo dose. Results from the second experiment were recorded through MRI test.
The study will be published in journal Psychological Science.
Researchers noted that during the second experiment, despite differences in activity levels of the brain, participants reported with almost same level of distress feelings that emerged due to rejection. So Dr. Bernard Carroll is not satisfied with the study.
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