The Placebo Effect Can Mend Your Broken Heart, Study Suggests

Can a broken heart really be mended? Well, there may not be a pill for it, but this two part study conducted on forty individuals who suffered a relationship break-up revealed some interesting data. First, heartache is very real. Secondly, it may sound simplistic, but perhaps the most significant finding has to do with attitude. Even if we may not buy it at first, by repeatedly reassuring ourselves that we can move on and recover, research contends that eventually we will actually believe it, which will allow us to be more open to our future…

Key Takeaways:

  • A University-centered study put its focus on 40 young adults, all victims of an unwanted break-up.
  • Researchers used imaging to discover that subjects reacted to mental anguish in a way that mirrored their reaction to physical discomfort.
  • Neurological areas that registered as lit up, when participants received a hot jolt, responded similarly to being shown a picture of the participant’s lost love.

“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”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-get-over-a-breakup-according-to-science_us_5900e797e4b0af6d718aef89?section=us_divorce

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