From: The New York Times

Tylenol May Blunt Emotions, and Not Just Pain

The New York Times:

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a popular pain reliever, but it may also blunt emotions, both positive and negative, a new study shows.

In a randomized, controlled trial, 85 people took 1,000 milligrams of Tylenol or a placebo. After one hour, researchers showed them a selection of 40 images in random order. They ranged from the extremely pleasant (children laughing in a park with kittens, for example) to neutral (a rolling pin on a table) to extremely unpleasant (an overflowing toilet).

Ten of the images were extremely unpleasant, five moderately unpleasant, 10 neutral, five moderately pleasant and 10 extremely pleasant. The participants rated their emotional reactions on a scale from 0 (“I feel little to no emotion”) to 10 (“I feel an extreme amount of emotion”). The study appears online in Psychological Science.

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