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Friday, October 27, 2006

Pleasureful Pain

New research from the University of Michigan shows a link between pleasure and pain. Below is a pseudo-abstract on the research:



The brain chemical dopamine is triggered by pleasure, and recent research has shown that drugs like cocaine and heroin amplify this effect. Now, new U-M research shows that the brain's "pleasure chemical" can be activated by something else: pain. In the study, researchers found that the brain's dopamine system is highly active while someone experiences pain and that the response varies among individuals in a way that relates directly to how the pain makes them feel. The findings may help explain why some people are more vulnerable to drug abuse when they're under stress or suffer chronic pain.


I guess that would explain why I LIVE for valium and xanax. It would also explain why I enjoy being tied to a bed face-down-ass-up and having the shit fucked out of me. TMI? Well... STFU. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

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