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Cash may cure pain

Cash may cure pain

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by TERRI GRUCA / KVUE News

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Posted on April 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Keeping cash on hand may be a good idea. A University of Minnesota study shows money might provide pain relief.

According to an article in Discovery News, the study found people who counted money felt less pain when their hands were dipped into scalding water.

Here’s what the experiment involved. College students counted out either 80 $100 bills or 80 slips of paper. Then had their fingers dipped briefly in 122 degree Fahrenheit water.

The cash counters reported less pain than the paper counters when their fingers were dipped in the water.

"When people are reminded of money in a subtle manner by counting out hard currency, they experience painful situations as being not very painful," said lead author Kathleen Vohs, a consumer psychologist at the University of Minnesota's Carleton School of Management in the Twin Cities.

Don’t give up the aspirin just yet. The study also found that being reminded of money you don’t have can make pain worse.

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