/ Modified jun 12, 2014 4:19 p.m.

Pleasure and Pain

With his customary wit, wisdom and willingness to get involved, Michael Mosley looks at the fascinating worlds of pleasure and pain. Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

pleasure_pain_mosley_choc_spot Michael Mosley surrounded by chocolate.
Teasing out the precise neural circuitry that allows us to experience pleasure, Michael discovers how pleasure is at the root of our ability to make sense of the world, and how it reinforces healthy behaviors, such as eating, having sex and keeping warm. Michael talks to new parents high on the pleasure hormone oxytocin; challenges his fear of heights with the thrill-seekers who jump 220 meters off a dam for fun; and meets a woman who turned her own wedding into a science experiment to try and find out how much pleasure she was feeling.

Pleasure and Pain, Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

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