For the Media
The NCCIH Press Office provides members of the media with accurate, up-to-date information regarding complementary and integrative health approaches as well as research funded and conducted by NCCIH. Contact us if you need information that you haven't found on our website, if you wish to request an interview with a subject matter expert, or if you need other assistance. We will work with you to respond to your request and meet your deadline.
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September 25, 2020
Recent Research Results
Study Provides Insights Into People’s Certainty Levels When Rating Their Pain
When asked to rate their pain on a 0 to 10 scale, people reacted faster when they were more confident of their rating, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. The study, which was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and led by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, also showed that people experience variations in their confidence when rating pain. The findings shed light on factors that guide judgments about pain and suggest that metacognition plays a role.
New Study Shows Similarities in Brain’s Craving Responses to Social Isolation and Hunger
People who are forced to be isolated crave social interactions in a way that is similar to how a hungry person craves food, according to the findings from a new study. Chronic social isolation and loneliness are known to be associated with diminished physical and mental health. Little is known, however, about the effects of sudden mandatory isolation on people.