Neurologists win Ig Nobel prize for their itchy research

Research on how to relieve itching using a mirror has won an Ig Nobel Prize for improbable  — but thought-provoking — research.

German researchers have shown that the brain can be tricked into thinking an itch is being scratched if the limb on the opposite side is scratched through judicious use of a mirror.

Their experiments on 26 men with an artificially induced itch on an arm showed that scratching the unaffected arm

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