When we feel pain, there’s a complex conversation going on between the brain and the body. But we don’t feel pain until the brain interprets these ‘secret messages,’ evaluates the danger, and determines how much pain we should feel.

With the help of science, we may have some control over the amount of pain we feel. “The gate control theory of pain asserts that non-painful input closes the ‘gates’ to painful input, which prevents pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system. Therefore, stimulation by non-noxious input is able to suppress pain.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gate_control_theory

In this Lullaby Theories episode, “A Secret Message,” four year old twins, Sophia and Lucy discuss pain, the gate control theory, and some ideas to reduce pain with their mother. In doing so, they discover that sometimes it’s as simple as ‘happy life, happy finger.’

Creative by Coat of Arms
Written, Produced & Directed by Clara Lehmann & Jonathan Lacocque
Voices: Lucy Lacocque, Sophia Lacocque, & Clara Lehmann
Edited by Jonathan Lacocque
Design & Illustration by Naomi Bensen
Animation by Julia Iverson & Terence Ginja-Martinho
Character Animation by Joe Sparkes
Sound Design & Mix by Jenna Coyle
Music by Wyld- Paegilegt, via Artlist.io
Scientific Consultant: Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN
Special Thanks: Amy Brown
The Science & Entertainment Exchange
National Academy of Sciences