Lullaby Theories: A Secret Message

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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.” –

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.’

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Written, Produced & Directed by
Clara Lehmann & Jonathan Lacocque

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

Scientific Consultant:
Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Special Thanks:
Amy Brown
The Science & Entertainment Exchange
National Academy of Sciences