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Spicy food gives a real rush to some of us, but it can also really hurt. If it’s setting off our pain sensors, why do we like it? Pain sensation expert John Wood and experimental psychologist Charles Spence discuss why spicy food gives some of us such a buzz.

Talk – admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required 
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2017

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