- Virtual reality games can relieve acute pain, study shows
- The highly immersive virtual worlds offer a distraction that increases pain tolerance
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(CNN)The next time you habitually search your bathroom cabinet for some pain medication, you may want to consider playing a video game first. Research has shown that psychology plays an important part in how we experience both acute and chronic pain -- and that painful sensations can be manipulated by what we think and feel.