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Chael vs. Vitor.
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|Investigators split volunteers into two groups – one group that took acetaminophen every day for three weeks and a second group that took a placebo for the same length of time – then put the volunteers into a functional MRI scanner and asked them to imagine situations involving social rejection.||The brain scans were clear: The ACCs of people who'd been taking acetaminophen didn't respond nearly as strongly to feelings of social rejection as the ACCs of people who'd been on a placebo. The drug was buffering feelings of social pain – not by muting people's emotions or fears, but by somehow toning down the brain's central sense that anything was wrong or at risk in those particular scenarios.|
|Gathered 121 volunteers and split them into two subgroups – an acetaminophen subgroup and a placebo subgroup. This time, though, instead of giving the volunteers a daily dose of the drug, the researchers gave them a single 1000-milligram dose, waited about 50 minutes, then asked them to think about their death and how it made them feel. Then the participants were given an opportunity to affirm a belief that was important to them, as past research has shown that when people feel uneasy, one common way for them to address that anxiety is to focus on things that still make sense, and things they feel strongly about.||The volunteers who'd taken acetaminophen expressed much less negativity in regard to the idea of their own deaths than the placebo group did.|
|gathered a group of 207 volunteers, split them again into acetaminophen and placebo subgroups, and sat all the volunteers down to watch – of course – a creepy short film Then the researchers followed up by asking both subgroups of volunteers how they'd punish someone who participated in the Vancouver Stanley Cup riots of 2011.||People who'd taken acetaminophen chose more lenient punishments than those who'd been given a placebo.|