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Did you know that it’s literally possible to smell fear? Scientists have discovered that the scent of our body changes before we do something scary, even if we’re trying to seem brave, and other people can literally smell the difference.
so outside temperature makes a big difference in how likely you are to catch the urge. Weird Facts About Left-Handed People 2. Weird Facts About Redheads 1. and why a 3-second yawn revs up our brain and even improves our mood. prompting the researchers to suggest that this weird clue be used to help identify at. Although scientists are exploring the reason behind the link.risk patients. but less so in the summer Seeing other people yawning—even in photos—can make you yawn in response.in your earlobe may determine the health of your heart. a 1992 study of hospital patients was the first to report that those with an earlobe crease were far more likely to have coronary artery disease (CAD). Scientists also report that yawning also helps keep us alert. . because. versus 45 percent of the time in the winter. Yawning is contagious. In fact. Here are seven weird body facts. this indicator was 94 percent accurate at predicting which patients had CAD. some of which seem too strange to be true — but are. Apparently. yawning cools down your brain a bit. including a secret our earlobes reveal about our heart health. It turns out that difficult mental tasks literally heat up the brain. More recent research also linked earlobe lines to risk for sudden cardiac death in men. Your heart health is predicted by your earlobes Oddly enough. a 2011 study with 80 participants per season showed that yawning in response to photos only happened 24 percent of the time in the summer.Scientists have unraveled many amazing mysteries about the body. a diagonal crease – or lack of crease -. However. while a yawn lowers the temperature.
You can literally smell fear People can actually detect and respond to fear by sm elling people’s sweat. The body’s largest organ is the size of six tennis courts.S.000 miles of blood vessels in the body. 5.‖ because it acts as a smart barrier to control which substances can pass from the blood into the arterial wall. to one lady who experiences tastes for 100 percent of words. while others hear sounds when they see certain colors. the smooth interior lining of the more than 60. 3. What Does Skin Cancer Look Like? 4. Hearing words and seeing colors In most people. and vision are distinctly separate. control blood clotting. It’s been called ―the brain of the arteries. Hiccupping and Beyond). but those with a rare condition called synesthesia have a blurring of sensory experiences. Research funded by the U. taste. fight off disease. Scientists are still working to understand how synesthesia affects the brain. sound. reports neuroscientist Robert Provine in his new book. The endothelium also makes ―executive decisions‖ by releasing molecules that help regulate blood pressure. "The proportion of words that triggers taste varies…for those in our study it ranged from about 15 percent of words. Laughing. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency shows that there are different pheromones (detectable chemical substances) ." researcher Julia Simner told WebMD. and finetune blood so it remains fluid enough to flow easily. would cover six tennis courts if removed from the body and flattened. Some actually experience tastes in response to words. yet is only one cell thick The endothelium. Curious Behavior: Yawning.Another surprising research finding: You can't complete a yawn with your eyes open.
It’s practically impossible to keep your eyes open when you sneeze A common misconception is that we shut our eyes to avoid the spray of airborne droplets. levels of testosterone lowered. The men’s physiological measures of arousal were reduced. 6. similar to the reflex that occurs when the doctor taps your knee with a medical mallet. Actually. And since the spray you release can carry germs. allergists report. it’s extremely difficult to do. and again right before they were about to take a tandem jump while skydiving for the first time. and they had reduced activity in the substrates of their brain that are linked to sexual arousal. While you can try to keep your eyes open when you sneeze. Volunteers were then able to differentiate between the two types of sweat. or a chemical substance detectable by others. Erectile Dysfunction Causes and Treatments 7. and areas of their brain that react to fear were more active when they smelled the skydiving sweat than the treadmill sweat.from armpit odor when people are afraid than when they aren’t. Not only did men who sniffed tears (which were brought on by negative emotions) find photographs of women’s faces less attractive. The scent of women’s tears reduces men’s sexual arousal A 2011 study published in Science magazine showed that tears act as a chemosignal. Researchers taped absorbent pads to 20 people’s armpits right after they ran on a treadmill. . it’s also common courtesy to cover your mouth and not infect others. Their fear can literally be picked up from their body odor. and the scientific data backed it up. a simple reflex prompts our peepers to blink shut during a sneeze. the men also reported that they were less sexually aroused.