Published in the journal of Scientific Reports, the report explores ‘interpersonal synchronisation in the context of pain and touch’.
The experiment recruited 22 couples where males were made to observe while women were tasked with experiencing pain.
The female volunteers were subject to mild heat pain for 2 minutes. Evidence suggests that through touch, pain decreased.
“It appears that pain totally interrupts this interpersonal synchronization between couples. Touch brings it back,” says Goldstein. “ It could be that touch is a tool for communicating empathy, resulting in an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect.”
Ok, maybe sex isn’t a substitute for paracetamol. But maybe you need to start touching her…and hey, one thing leads to another.