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“Swearing helps us battle pain – no matter what language we curse in”

A replication (with Japanese-language speakers and English-language speakers) of the Ig Nobel Peace Prize-winning experiment (with only English-language speakers) about swearing and pain, described by one of the researchers, in The Conversation:

Swearing helps us battle pain – no matter what language we curse in

The new study is “Swearing as a response to pain: A cross-cultural comparison of British and Japanese participants,” Olivia Robertson [pictured here], Sarita Jane Robinson, and Richard Stephens, Scandinavian Journal of Pain, epub 2017.

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