Troy Media – by Carol Kinsey Goman
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) equipment, researchers tracked the blood flow in the brains of “rejected” subjects and made a surprising discovery: When someone feels excluded there is corresponding activity in the dorsal portion of the anterior cingulate cortex – the neural region involved in the “suffering” component of pain. In other words, they found that the feeling of being excluded provokes the same sort of reaction in the brain that physical pain might cause. It was also found that both physical and emotional suffering respond positively to Tylenol.
This is great article about the effects on your brain when you are made to feel excluded. But the last sentence in the quoted paragraph above blew my mind: Tylenol eases emotional suffering!