Does Crossing Your Arms Relieve Pain by Confusing Your Brain?

Did you know that humans blink up to 20 times every minute? Each blink lasts around half a second. So, if you add them together, humans are living in the dark for more than an hour every day.

(Telegraph) Crossing your arms relieves pain by confusing the brain

Crossing your arms really is a defensive gesture – scientists find it can reduce pain. Simply crossing your hands confuses your brain and distracts it from any pain being administered, a study suggests.

The brain is used to your left hand carrying out tasks on your left hand side and the right hand carrying out tasks on the right.

By crossing them, the brain is momentarily bamboozled and this makes it less susceptible to pain.

Researchers think the theory has most impact on pain felt in the hands, and have not yet tested it on other parts of the body.

(See the original article here)

Also see Can Love Physically Cure You?, Is Your Brain the Easiest Thing to Manipulate?, Can Belief in God Relieve Pain? and Can You Trick Your Brain When it Comes to Pain?

Be first to comment