Advil Increases Social Hurting (If You're Male)

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 recent Can Tylenol Help Heal a Broken Heart?
What’s crazy nigh the hurting of a broken pump is that your trunk perceives it equally physical pain.
No it does not. Do y'all experience heartbroken every fourth dimension y'all stub your toe?

Well... I justice the social hurting = physical hurting isomorphism is a 1 means street. Anyway, the writer continued:
In enquiry published inwards 2010, scientists institute that acetaminophen tin sack trim back physical too neural responses associated alongside the hurting of social rejection, whether inwards romantic relationships, friendships or otherwise.
The hurting reliever Tylenol (except when it doesn't].1 Acetaminophen also purportedly soothes the existential angst of watching a David Lynch film, blunts your emotions, too kills your empathy.2

So if you’re hurting from heartache, endeavor popping around Tylenol.
Do non popular Tylenol later a breakup. It tin sack motion serious liver damage if y'all accept also much.

But What About Advil?

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 2014 written report inwards the mag Personal Relationships was the get-go to interruption the stranglehold of acetaminophen (Vangelisti et al., 2014). The newspaper made few headlines (an exception was the Daily Mail), too it was non cited past times the Tylenol researchers later its publication. Yet I saw no deviation inwards quality, too fifty-fifty institute to a greater extent than to similar nigh it compared to the Tylenol papers (all of which appeared inwards higher impact journals). One of the Advil authors was Dr. James Pennebaker, chair of Psychology at the University of Texas. doctor Pennebaker is well-known for his enquiry on text analysis too what give-and-take selection tin sack bring out nigh sex, age, social class, personality, mood, too affective state.

The focus of the written report past times Dr. Anita Vangelisti too colleagues was on potential sexual practice differences inwards the effects of a physical hurting reliever on social pain. They cited bear witness suggesting that women are to a greater extent than sensitive to physical pain, too men powerfulness live on more responsive to hurting relievers similar ibuprofen (Walker & Carmody, 1998).

Proposed explanations for sexual practice differences inwards hurting too analgesia include the bullet listing below (Mogil & Bailey, 2010). These could potentially influence the effects of ibuprofen (and acetaminophen) on social pain.3
  • Sociocultural manly too stoic machismo
  • Psychological greater negative deport on too catastrophizing inwards women
  • Experiential women may have got to a greater extent than experience alongside clinical pain, which affects electrical current hurting perception
  • Opioid receptors too especially their interactions alongside gonadal hormones
  • Other potential biological factors a long list

Advil Worsened Social Pain inwards Men

Ibuprofen did indeed increase ratings of social hurting inwards manlike mortal participants, but decreased ratings inwards woman mortal participants Vangelisti et al. (2014). For to a greater extent than details, read on.

The participants were 138 undergraduates enrolled inwards communication courses (62 manlike mortal too 76 female). Half took 400 mg ibuprofen (the dosage inwards 2 tablets), too one-half took placebo. In 1 task, they rated their feelings later beingness excluded from a ball-tossing video game (Cyberball), similar to the 2010 written report of Dewall too colleagues. In the instant task, they wrote detailed descriptions nigh an experience of betrayal past times a unopen relational partner too an experience of physical pain. Participants completed the Positive too Negative Affective Schedule (PANAS) earlier handling too later each of the tasks. On the PANAS, respondents rated their experience of twenty dissimilar feelings or emotions on a 7-point scale (1 = very slightly or non at all, 7 = extremely).4

Two additional items assessed social hurting or hurt. One required participants to charge per unit of measurement the extent to which they felt hurt; the other required them to dot the score to which they felt emotionally injured. An average of these 2 questions comprised the dependent stair out of Social Pain (presumably also on a 1 to vii scale). Another dependent stair out used the Linguistic Inquiry too Word Count (LIWC) programme to calculate a weighted per centum of Emotion Words too First-Person Pronouns inwards the written narratives, both of which are indicators of increased social pain. Neither linguistic stair out reached statistical significance, hence I'll focus on Social Pain ratings.

Within-subjects comparisons showed that inwards all cases, Social Pain ratings were higher later the tasks than before.

Placebo Group
Before        M = 1.52, SD = 0.86
Cyberball     M = 2.07, SD = 1.31
Betrayal      M = 3.12, SD = 1.62

Treatment Group
Before        M = 1.54, SD = 1.01
Cyberball     M = 1.93, SD = 1.11
Betrayal      M = 3.04, SD = 1.71

Pre-treatment ratings didn't differ betwixt men too women, but post-treatment Cyberball too Betrayal ratings showed crossover interactions, important the effects were opposite inwards men too women. On placebo, women had higher social hurting ratings than men. On Advil, women's ratings dropped but men's increased. Since women are by too large lighter than men, these analyses controlled for weight effects on dosage, since everyone got 400 mg.

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So the women responded inwards the predicted way, based on past times research. But the men did not. Did the subjects' expectations influence the results? The written report description specifically stated it “was beingness conducted to test the link betwixt physical too emotional pain.” In contrast, the Tylenol studies were a picayune to a greater extent than vague: “advertised equally a full general assessment of the cognitive too emotional impacts of acetaminophen” for the written report of existential angst, and “Tylenol too social cognition” for the blunted emotion experiment.

The authors proposed a social cognitive model:
Because men are comparatively probable to curb their emotional pain, it is possible that men who accept a physical hurting reliever volition display a disinhibition effect. That is, when men accept a physical hurting reliever, their cognitive reply may human activity to blunt or inhibit their vogue to suppress their emotional pain. The cognitive processes underlying such a disinhibition number are akin to [a] opposite placebo effect.

This didn't brand sense to me, but too then I institute a newspaper that manipulated expectancy for physical hurting relief inwards a within-subject blueprint (Butcher & Carmody, 2012). The sample size was pocket-sized (10 men, 10 women), but the participants came inwards 1 time a calendar week for 4 weeks to experience all of these conditions:
  1. Subjects told they were receiving ibuprofen too received ibuprofen (positive expectancy).
  2. Subjects told they were receiving ibuprofen but received placebo (positive expectancy).
  3. Subjects told they were receiving placebo but received ibuprofen (negative expectancy).
  4. Subjects told they were receiving placebo too received placebo (negative expectancy).
The subjects were exposed to experimentally-induced hurting (electrical stimulation of the earlobe) too assessed for analgesia reply (change inwards hurting tolerance). Ibuprofen dose was 800 mg (4 tablets).

Pain tolerance inwards women did non differ for whatever of the 4 conditions. But hurting tolerance inwards men conformed to their positive expectations: hurting tolerance increased inwards both the ibuprofen too the placebo weather condition when told they would have ibuprofen. There was also negative placebo number (a truthful negative placebo effect), but this was non statistically significant.

What does this hateful for social pain? Although the Butcher too Carmody (2012) findings demand replication, Vangelisti et al.'s disinhibition model seems to live on based on expectation, non on a straight human relationship betwixt physical too social pain.

Other quibbles include the between-subjects blueprint too pocket-sized or marginal effects for around of the statistical comparisons — both of which are truthful for the Psych Sci Tylenol studies alongside their overblown interpretations. For instance, 1 headline from APS had this fun cure: Experiencing Existential Dread? Tylenol May Do the Trick.

To their credit, Acetaminophen Probably Isn't an "Empathy Killer".

3 By too large, social psychology researchers don't seem especially concerned nigh the mechanisms of activeness of these drugs. I haven't written nigh ibuprofen, but see Does Tylenol Exert its Analgesic Effects via the Spinal Cord?

4 I idea the PANAS was on a 5-point scale, but the newspaper said 7-point.

5 On the other hand, nosotros have got this unfortunate statement:
"It's possible that taking physical hurting relievers provides men alongside to a greater extent than cognitive resources to limited the hurting they feel," said Vangelisti. "There's around bear witness that, for men, the business office of the encephalon that enables them to regulate their emotions is linked to the business office of the encephalon that processes physical too social pain. If that's the case, taking a physical hurting reliever may deport on men's powerfulness to enshroud or suppress their social pain." 


Butcher, B., & Carmody, J. (2012). Sex differences inwards analgesic reply to ibuprofen are influenced past times expectancy: Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 randomized, crossover, balanced placebo-designed study. European Journal of Pain, 16 (7), 1005-1013. DOI: 10.1002/j.1532-2149.2011.00104.x

Dewall CN, Macdonald G, Webster GD, Masten CL, Baumeister RF, Powell C, Combs D, Schurtz DR, Stillman TF, Tice DM, Eisenberger NI. (2010). Acetaminophen reduces social pain: behavioral too neural evidence. Psychol Sci. 21:931-7.

Mogil JS, & Bailey AL (2010). Sex too gender differences inwards hurting too analgesia. Progress inwards encephalon research, 186, 141-57 PMID: 21094890

VANGELISTI, A., PENNEBAKER, J., BRODY, N., & GUINN, T. (2014). Reducing social pain: Sex differences inwards the impact of physical hurting relievers. Personal Relationships, 21 (2), 349-363 DOI: 10.1111/pere.12036

Walker JS, Carmody JJ. (1998). Experimental hurting inwards salubrious human subjects: gender differences inwards nociception too inwards reply to ibuprofen. Anesth Analg. 86(6):1257-62.

Woo CW, Koban L, Kross E, Lindquist MA, Banich MT, Ruzic L, Andrews-Hanna JR, & Wager TD (2014). Separate neural representations for physical hurting too social rejection. Nature Communications 5: 538.


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