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Why we love the pain of spicy food

Wall Street Journal: Why We Love the Pain of Spicy Food

Eating hot chili peppers allows us to court danger without risk, activating areas of the brain related to both pleasure and pain.

Extract from John McQuaid’s book Tasty – the art and science of what we eat, see tastybook.net. My work figures in Chapter 7.

 

Brain rewards us for looking at pretty facesScienceShot: Brain Rewards Us for Looking at Pretty Faces

“The results, published today in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that we seek out beautiful faces at least in part because our brains reward us. Not only did stimulating MOR neurotransmission cause men to linger longer on faces that they rated as more beautiful, but the beauty rating also became more extreme, with beautiful faces rated as even more attractive relative to the rest of the faces. Inhibiting MOR had the opposite effects. The findings are yet more evidence that our social interactions are strongly influenced by the invisible hand of evolution, pushing us to find attractive mates.”

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Author/Interviewer

Why We Love the Pain of Spicy Food Jan 2015 Wall Street Journal John McQuaid
– Hjerneskanning kan spå alt fra lesevansker til kriminell framtid Jan 2015 Forskning.no Arnfinn Christensen
Brain rewards us for looking at pretty faces Feb 2014 Science Johan Bohannon
Beauty works like a drug on the brain Feb 2014 Fox News Tanya Lewis
Radio interview with my student Guro Løseth about our recent paper Feb 2014 NRK Ekko Torkild Jemterud
Endorfiner får menn til å se mer på pene damer Feb 2014 Aftenposten Viten Guro Løseth
Norsk forsking avslører korleis hjernen bedømmer vakre ansikt Feb 2014 Nrk.no Unni Eikeseth
Radio interview on placebo, pain and pleasure Nov 2013 Ekko (p2: nrk.no) Anne Synnevåg
Mind over gray matter: Placebo improves both pleasure and pain Oct 2013 MedicalXpress.com Stuart Mason Dambrot
Placebo’s Double Whammy Oct 2013 The Scientist Kerry Grens
Psykologistudentar deltar i hjerneforskning June 2013 Uniforum Martin Toft
TV interview about love and oxytocin June 2013 Brenner (NRK1) Hans Olav Brenner
Radio interview about love and oxytocin July 2013 Radioselskapet (p2: nrk.no) Hans Kristen Hyrve
Drømmebilder April 2013 Forskning.no Arnfinn Christensen
Pain Can Be Pleasurable When Discomfort Is Less Than Expected, MRI Scans Show March 2013 The Huffington Post

 

Tia Ghose
Radio interview about pain and relief March 2013 Newstalk Radio Ireland Brian O’Neill
Pain can be a relief Feb 2013 Science Daily ;

Eurekalert.org

News staff
How pain turns to pleasure: New study sheds light on why some people enjoy chilli peppers and sadomasochistic sex – and could help develop new relief treatments Feb 2013 Daily Mail; Discovery Zone Damien Gayle
Why pain can feel good Feb 2013 NBC news;

Live Science;

Tia Ghose
Pain Can Be Pleasurable, Says New Study. Fifty Shades Of Grey Fans Say Duh. Feb 2013 Blisstree Claire Murphy
Radio interview about pain and cognition Feb 2013 Kveldsåpent (P1: nrk.no)
Smerte kan være befriende Feb 2013 A-magasinet Joacim Lund
Your Inner Masochist: When Pain Is Pleasurable Feb 2013 redOrbit Jason Pierce
Smerte kan være en lettelse Feb 2013 Forskning.no Elin Fugelsnes
Derfor gjør det så vondt å se på Feb 2013 Dagbladet.no Bjørg Engdahl
A nose spray that makes you better at detecting emotions Aug 2012 SmartPlanet Charlie Osborne
Oxytocin: A Mindreading Hormone? August 2012 Science 2.0 News staff
A better judge of character with oxytocin nasal spray? August 2012 Medical Xpress News staff
Oxytocin Helps People Read Minds July 2012 Medical Daily Amber Moore
Ammespray kan hjelpe samlivet July 2012 HegnarOnline Karen Thue
The Bliss Hormone AKA The Mind Reading Hormone As A Nasal Spray July 2012 Before It’s News News Staff
Ammespray har en uventet virkning July 2012 Nrk.no Linda Stølen
Bedre menneskekjennere med ammespray? July 2012 Forskning.no Elin Fugelsnes
Leser følelser med ammespray June 2012 VG Søndag Marie Theisen
Kan vi skylde på hjernen? June 2012 Forskning.no Marianne Nordahl
En rosa klump med tanker Nov 2011 Forskning.no Arnfinn Christensen
Vondt som bare tre Sep 2011 Forskning.no Arnfinn Christensen
Why does feeling low hurt? Depressed Mood Increases the Perception of Pain June 2010 Elsevier Mental Health News Maureen Hunter
The Yin and Yang of Pain and Pleasure August 2008 The Dana Foundation Jim Schnabel
Itchy and scratchy Jan 2007 Spectroscopy Now David Bradley
Giving In To The Urge To Scratch: Researchers Find Not All Itches Created Equal Dec 2006 Science Daily American Physiological Society

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