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Using games to reduce physical pain

This reduction in physical pain comes from 2 things:

  • Playing a video game shifts our attention spotlight, and allows us to react less to the signal of pain.
  • The activity of playing engages us in a state called flow, where we’re so engaged and absorbed in the activity that we feel in perfect control of our lives.

In this way we give our attention to a positive activity, which also makes us feel in charge. This gives us the confidence to endure the pain and our body adapts.


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