From: The Boston Globe

Can Tylenol cure a broken heart?

The Boston Globe:

I was intrigued by a new study published this week, which found that getting romantically rejected hurts, like “a jab in the arm with a red-hot poker,” as Melissa Healy writes in this Los Angeles Times article article. Turns out, those going through a bad breakup can activate brain regions that sense physical pain simply by looking at a photo of their ex, according to the research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

But does getting jilted really feel like a poker stab? And where does it hurt exactly — in the big toe? The heart itself? Well, not exactly, says lead author Ethan Kross, a psychologist at the University of Michigan. “Study participants reported having painful bodily sensations, but we didn’t really pinpoint it to a particular area of the body.”

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