Pleasant old memories can also be a cure for pain, research says
BEIJING: Poets have called the memory of the past a torment, no doubt about it, but science says positive and pleasant memories or nostalgia can help ease the pain.
The reason is that good and interesting memories can slow down the activity of pain in the brain. Chinese experts have discovered this by scanning brain activity and published a report in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences performed functional (F) MRIs on the brains of many adults. In it, different people were shown pictures related to memories and during this time, a activity of pain in the brain was noted to be thermal steamy.
It featured pictures of childhood, school age, and boyhood, such as popular cartoons of the time, popular games, and some toffees. Also featured were some of today’s most iconic images. Throughout the process, the brains of all the volunteers were examined with FMRI.
Experts found that when they were shown pictures of happy childhood memories, the intensity of pain in their brains or the activity associated with it was observed. Almost all participants acknowledged the reduction in pain by looking at images associated with memories of the past compared to modern images and also expressed their relief. In this regard, the most positive effect of old memories was seen.
According to doctors, looking at any text, picture or video related to pleasant memories reduces the activity of two parts of the brain. These include the left lingual gyrus and the para hippocampal gyrus.
Both of these locations play an important role in feeling and processing pain. Then from that place the feeling of pain reaches further. Experts believe that this way the pain can be reduced without any medicine.
This research has shown that when you feel pain, refresh the pleasant memories in your mind or consider the things related to it.