Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) recently revealed that doctors who have empathy could help increase their patients’ pain tolerance.
In particular, the findings of the study looked at how the brain changes to respond to stress and found that certain shifts in the brain result in elevated pain tolerance. The medical researchers discovered that doctors who listened attentively to their patients could help them have better health outcomes. However, the team of investigators is not entirely sure about the mechanism that causes this reaction.
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