This self-soothing behavior is actually a pretty effective technique for temporarily calming pain signals to the brain. Here's how it works.
Anxious patients heading into surgery often receive medication to ease their fears, but a few calming words from their physicians might actually be more effective medicine. In fact, "conversational hypnosis" as the approach is known...
A mother's "TLC" not only can help soothe pain in infants, but it may also impact early brain development by altering gene activity in a part of the brain involved in emotions, according to new study from NYU Langone Medical Center.
RGS9-2, a key signaling protein in the brain known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors, acts as a positive modulator of oxycodone reward in both pain-free and chronic pain states
An essay by Dr. Karen London called "Should we call these canine behaviors calming signals?" about the effects of various acts cautions how much we still have to learn.