Red flag at the den­tist

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

WEAR­ING green cloth­ing and avoid­ing red may make a trip to the den­tist less painful, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

It seems that sen­sa­tions of pain can be re­duced by ex­po­sure to cer­tain colours, and height­ened by oth­ers, ac­cord­ing to a US study.

The study is based on the work of psy­chol­o­gists who showed peo­ple im­ages of dif­fer­ent colours be­fore ex­pos­ing them to elec­tric shocks.

The re­sults showed both men and women rated the feel­ing of pain greater when it fol­lowed ex­po­sure to red when com­pared with the other colours, es­pe­cially green and blue.

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