When the pain, Mind over Alert

In keeping with the physical health of body, conscious and subconscious mind is the main actor. Research has shown that the immune system begins first with the behavior of the immune system, namely to maintain health by avoiding people who can make us sick.

A recent study reveals new evidence about the relationship, but in different directions ie from physiologic immune reactions to psychological reactions.

"When people are just sick, the physiological immune system has just started. They tend to pay more attention and show avoidance behavior on the face of pain that they can read, such as rash or sneezing as a sign of contagion," said University of Kentucky psychologist, Saul Miller. Miller who conducted the study with Jon K. Maner of Florida State University was quoted as saying eurekalert.org, Friday (9/9/2011).

Two experiments showed that people who are just sick more vigilant in watching and avoid others that might make them sick.

The first experiment, the faces of the sick and the normal screen. As the faces disappeared, a circle or square appears on the screen and participants had to press a button as quickly as possible to show the shapes they see. When the face appears in a different portion of the screen, participants had turned his attention to it.

Backwardness in the diversion of attention tells us how much attention given to those faces. After 80 trials, participants answered a questionnaire about whether they feel pain, such as 'feel affected by the weather' or 'just a cold or flu'. If they answered 'yes', when was it? starting from today until a year ago or more. Other questions measured the participants a feeling of vulnerability to disease and germs.

The result, regardless of the fears realized, they just pay more attention to facial pain facial pain than normal people. While they are not sick do not show differences in reaction time.

In a second experiment participants had to push the joystick in response to facial pain and pull the joystick to respond to the normal face. Pushing the joystick to indicate avoidance, and vice versa, showed interesting approach.

Everyone quickly to keep the joystick for facial pain or withdraw to a normal face. But those who are already ill were more quickly to avoid facial pain than those who are still healthy. And the longer they are sick, the sooner they mendorongnya.Sedangkan people who are not sick do not show a difference.

"When we are sick, we tend to be prejudiced against people who berstereotip have the disease, such as fat people, old people, and strangers. Avoid people who may be able to make us sick is an innate behavior when we are sick," Miller said.