Have a headache? Take a Tylenol. Your girlfriend dump you? Take a Tylenol. New research has revealed that Tylenol (acetaminophen) not only dulls physical pain, but emotional pain as well.

A study was conducted at the Ohio State University Medical Center which involved 80 participants, extra-strength Tylenol, placebos and some photographs. A portion of the 80 study participants received the Tylenol and the other participants received a placebo. Google Play reported that after giving the Tylenol an hour to take effect, all 80 were shown a series of photographs and their responses were monitored by the research team.

The photographs ranged from happy and cute images of small animals to disturbing images of hungry children. The study participants who received a placebo prior to viewing the photographs registered the response that were deem ‘normal’. The happy images made them happy while the disturbing images made them appropriately sad.

Not so for those who were given the extra-strength Tylenol. Those with acetaminophen in their blood stream had less of a response to either type of emotional images. They did not get as happy, nor as sad, as the placebo group when looking at the same photographs.

 

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