This is Episode 20 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, sponsored by Routledge Psychology.
What can psychology teach us about dealing with pain? Our presenter Ginny Smith learns that swearing can have a pain-reducing effect, and puts the theory to the test with an experiment on editor Matthew Warren. Ginny also hears about how virtual reality could provide a welcome distraction to patients suffering from chronic pain.
Episode credits: Presented and produced by Ginny Smith, with additional content from Matthew Warren and Sana Suri. Mixing and editing Jeff Knowler. PsychCrunch theme music Catherine Loveday and Jeff Knowler. Art work Tim Grimshaw.
Background reading for this episode:
Managing limb pain using virtual reality: a systematic review of clinical and experimental studies, a paper by Priscilla G Wittkopf and colleagues, is free to access thanks to our sponsors Routledge Psychology.
Research mentioned in this episode includes:
Both Research Digest and The Psychologist have plenty of posts on pain in the archives, including:
Pain at Christmas: Ella Rhodes reports from the British Neuroscience Association’s Christmas symposium
5 minutes with… Dr Harbinder Sandhu: A large trial aims to help people with chronic pain taper their opioid use
The pain of youth: Line Caes and Abbie Jordan call for creativity in research design with adolescents living with chronic health conditions
Big Picture: Portraits of pain: Measuring pain with drawings
Pain – the backdrop of our lives: Ella Rhodes reports from a conference at UCL