Pain: Wait For It?

“Faced with pain, most people choose to ‘get it out of the way’ as soon as possible, according to new research published in PLOS Computational Biology. For the study, participants were asked to choose between real painful stimuli in the form of electric shocks, and imagined painful dental appointments occurring at different times in the future. The researchers found that most people chose to hasten the experience of pain — and would even accept more severe pain to avoid having to wait for it.”