Here’s a study I’d like to be a fly on the wall for.
A group of volunteers were asked to put their hands in freezing water for as long as they could. during one trial, they were asked to say a random word, and in the other trial, they were asked to use a swear word of their choice. they could keep their hand in the cold water for longer while swearing. I keep imagining what would happen if Steve’s dad was chosen for the study. The study authors could learn new, creative words like cockhump.
I have one problem with the study. The swearers had to keep using the same swear word. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve just done something that hurts, I say a whole pile of different ones. I wonder if that has anything to do with the suppression of pain. They should have had 3 conditions: the random word condition, the stick to one swear word condition and the make ’em up as you go condition. Maybe they’ll do that next time. Then Steve’s dad could have real fun.