Episode 1: Why Heart Break Feels Like Physical Pain

Think about the last physical pain you experienced vs. how it felt when you broke up with an ex. Consider the two scenario’s. On the surface, these two events are completely different. However, cultures around the world use the same language—words like “hurt” and “pain”—to describe both experiences. This month on Sound Science, we explore what is going on in your brain when you experience emotional pain and why social pain, is more than just a metaphor.



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Professor Nathan DeWall

We are joined by Professor Nathan DeWall, who explains why taking Tylenol can help soothe a broken heart not just a headache. Find out more about this study and more research from Professor DeWall here.

Professor Nathan DeWall is a Professor of Psychology at the College of Arts & Sciences, University of Kentucky. His research interests include social exclusion and acceptance, aggression, social neuroscience and self-regulation. He has published in the New York Times, written a number of books and chapters, and has published several articles including  'Can marijuana reduce social pain?' in Social and Personality Psychological Science and 'Can acetaminophen reduce the pain of decision-making?' in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.


Dr Sophie Mort

Our second guest is Dr Sophie Mort, AKA Dr Soph. She will be explaining to us the various stages of heart ache, why we feel what we feel and what we can do to deal with those feelings. You can read more about this and much more on her blog.

Dr Sophie Mort is a Clinical Psychologist, Life Coach and Yoga Teacher. She has a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Neuroscience. She is on on a mission to get evidence based psychology out of the therapy room and into people's lives. She offers private psychological therapy and life coaching online to people allover the world. She also shares her psychological understanding and advice on social media. Find out more about her on Drsoph.com. 


Track Listings

Dotorado Pro - Vibes 

James Tillman - Casual Encounters

Tyler, the Creator – See You Again

Molinaro – Sofar

Jon Brion - He Needs Me (feat. Shelley Duvall from “Popeye”)

Brand Nubian Neptunes – Don’t Let it Go to Your Head

Ebo Taylor – Love and Death

The Edge of Daybreak – Let’s Be Friends

Barrington Levy – Black Roses

Aphex Twin – Film

Gifted & Blessed – Invitation

Lord Tusk – Shyne Eye Gal

Mina – Ringtone Riddim

UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart

Carly Simon – Why

Gloria Ann Taylor – World That’s Not Real

ESTA – Conscience

Faith Evans – You Get No Love

ESG – Erase You

U.S. Girls – Window Shades

Never – Nile Splash

Sade – Mr Wrong

Cat Power – Sea of Love

Molinaro – Molow

Kraftwerk - The Telephone Call (Kraftwerk cover)

Big Sean – Bounce Back

Apple - Siegalizer (L-VIS 1990 Edit)

Mary J Blige - Telling the Truth (feat. KAYTRANADA & BADBADNOTGOOD)

Listen to the episode playlist on Spotify



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