Feeling the Heat? Why a Hot Nose Is the Tell-Tale
Sign of a Liar
what you may say to your children, telling a lie doesnt, of
course, make your nose grow like Pinocchios. But it does make
claim that a rise in anxiety produced by lying will increase the
temperature of the tip of your nose.
And if youre
worried that your fib will be uncovered, they also suggest a way
of cooling the nose down making a great mental effort.
from the University of Granada, discovered the phenomenon by using
thermal imaging cameras to monitor volunteers.
They have called
it The Pinocchio Effect, in honour of the 19th century
Italian tale of the wooden puppet whose nose grew when he failed
to tell the truth.
In their doctoral
thesis, released yesterday, Emilio Gómez Milán and
Elvira Salazar López suggest that the temperature of the
nose increases or decreases according to mood, as does the orbital
muscle area in the inner corner of the eyes.
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