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Oxford research says dancing to Gangnam Style might improve ability to resist pain


Oxford researcher have found in an study that dancing to Gangnam Style might improve your ability to resist pain.

Well, not ONLY Gangnam style, but Oxford University researchers, who spent time with dancers discovered that synchronised dancing is great for both social bonding and reducing how much pain we feel, IndiaTimes reported.

Now we’re not joking – they even published a paper on it!

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Conducting a study with nearly 300 Brazilian teenagers, the scientists polled them on “how socially connected they felt before and after the dances”, Wired reported.

The scientists also checked pain threshold with pressure tests. Coordinated dancing and exertion “demonstrated significant independent positive effects […] suggesting that dance which involves both exertive and synchronised movement may be an effective group bonding activity”.

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The researchers believe that the release of endorphins (our body’s happy chemicals), may be responsible.

“If you exert yourself or synchronise your movements, you can arrive at an elevated pain threshold.

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If you do both, the effect is additive,” said Bronwyn Tarr, lead researcher (and dancer) told Wired.

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