Stubbed your toe? Burned your hand on a hot pot? Go ahead and curse. It might make you feel better.
Swearing increased pain tolerance in a small study of college students published online Sunday in the journal NeuroReport.
It also increased heart rate and decreased perceived pain -- signs of a "fight-or-flight" response that may help mitigate actual pain, according to Richard Stephens of Keele University in Staffordshire, U.K.
"If people experience the emotion of fear to a significant degree...Full Story