A painful experience is not one you are likely to forget—you don’t need to have a trunk slammed onto your finger multiple times to realize that it’s a situation you’d like to avoid. According to a study published [January 10] in Current Biology, one painful ordeal in a particular setting is enough to make pain less tolerable in that same place in the future—but only if you’re male.
…[Researchers recruited 79 people and conducted] the so-called ischemic tourniquet test, in which a blood pressure cuff is squeezed tightly around a participant’s arm and the resultant loss of blood supply causes pain. (This procedure is safe, but according to [neuroscientist Jeffrey] Mogil, “it hurts like hell.”) Again, they found that just the men showed a heightened response to heat pain the next day—and only in the room where they previously took part in the agonizing task. In a different room, men’s tolerance for heat pain remained unchanged after the tourniquet test. Women rated heat pain similarly on both testing days, and in both locations.
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