An online news website contains a feature about the effects of using a placebo for people involved in a breakup. The feature summarized a study that involved giving an mri to a person who had just experienced a breakup. The mri found measurable pain while she or he looked at a photo of the ex. The researchers then gave the subjects a nose spray. Some were told the spray would help them, when in fact the spray was nothing more than saline. The persons were again given an mri and improved. The story advises people that thinking they are getting over the relationship may help.
- MRI show that Physical pain and emotional pain trigger the same area of the brain. This confirms that heartbreak is real.
- When given a fake medicine to help with their break up participants showed reduced pain from the break up.
- What you believe about your own actions and what you think have a large control on your true pain level.
“Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that simply believing you’re doing something positive to get over your ex can influence brain regions associated with emotional regulation and lessen the pain you’re feeling.”