A common painkiller hits our ability to spot errors

The common painkiller, acetaminophen, could prevent the brain from spotting errors, according to new research from University of Toronto and UBC.

The study was published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and involved 62 people. Half the participants received 1,000 milligrams of acetaminophen, a normal dose; the rest were given a placebo. Those taking the drug found it harder to recognise an error in a task they were asked to perform.

A similar article appeared in Kelowna Now.