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If you’re in pain, mentally “dialing it down” – like the volume on a stereo – can make you feel better! That’s according to psychology and neuroscience professor Dr. Tor Wager. His research shows that when people touched a hot-plate they actually felt less pain when they mentally “turned it down” – by telling themselves it was cooler than it actually was… Compared to those who just ignored it. Which means, if you’re feeling overheated, or your running shorts start chafing, tell yourself it doesn’t hurt that badly. That mental tweak will help the sensation of pain feel less intense, so you can push through and finish your 10K, or survive a sweltering summer.