People prefer to just get pain over with

By Bethany Brookshire, 16:52 PM November 25, 2013

You have to get a root canal. You’ve been dreading it for weeks. Now it’s the week of the appointment and the thought is driving you crazy. You can almost feel the drill. Can’t it just be over with already?!

A new study shows that the dread of pain becomes worse the further the pain is in the future. Giles Story and a group of researchers from England and Japan conducted two experiments to examine how people anticipate pain. They first gave 25 participants the choice of receiving a series of p...

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