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|2003-03-19 - Weird News|
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Video Games: An Electronic Pain Killer?
Wheeling, WV -- Kids can rejoice over this news: A new study suggests video games may be a good cure for some of the things that ail you.
Psychology researchers at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, have found that video games are a good distraction from chronic pain.
In the study, subjects were asked to take up the joystick for a few rounds while experiencing pain -- and reported lower pain ratings as well as higher tolerance of pain.
You don't have to be a gamer in order for the technique to work. Researcher Bryan Raudenbush says the positive effect of the games was seen regardless of the person's previous video game experience, level of competitiveness or aggressiveness.
He sums it up by saying, "This study found that playing video games significantly distracts people from painful stimulation. This could be a great adjunct to pain management in children."
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