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Music Can Relieve Pain, Study Finds

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  •  Some of the best music is inspired by tough break-ups and emotional pain, but fascinating new research finds control over the songs we hear is associated with feeling less physical pain.
  • Scientists from Queen Mary University and University College Dublin report perceived control over musical choices displays a link with more acute pain relief.
  • Study participants who were under the impression that they were in control of their own tunes reported less pain than others who did not have musical independence.

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