Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Swearing to reduce pain

It’s already well known that swearing reduces the amount of pain you feel, but so far we did not know why.  It turns out it has to do with aggression, hence playing a shoot’em-up video game works just as well. If you want to read more about how that works, check out Emma Byrne’s book  Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language.

You can find an illuminating excerpt here:

The Science of Why Swearing Physically Reduces Pain

Emma Byrne | 01.24.18 | Wired


January 28, 2018 Posted by | behaviour, brain, emotions, health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Video games can make you a better person

The social games, that is.  I’d love to see those made compulsory in school…

From The Economist print edition:

The behavioural effects of video games

Good game?

May 28th 2009

Playing video games can make you a better person

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June 17, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, fun, psychology, sociology | , , | Leave a comment