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You Can Tell a Rat Is Happy by His Ears

Researchers say the rodents have their own versions of smiling

(Newser) - Scientists have already found that rats seem to enjoy having their bellies tickled. They let out a noise too high-pitched for the human ear to detect and keep coming back for more. Now, adding to the idea that rats have their own version of a giggle, researchers at the University... More »

Is the Movie Funny? Test of the Air Might Reveal All

Chemical we exhale may correspond to fear, humor, say researchers

(Newser) - Ever wondered if dogs can actually smell when you are afraid? New research published in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that humans emit certain chemical signatures that might be predictive of our emotions "by broadcasting scene specific emissions on breath." To test this, they studied the air in... More »

Want to Show Some Emotion? Send an Email

New research says writing process may cause emotional arousal in sender

(Newser) - If you want to convey something affectionate or romantic and you can't do it in person, it may be better to send an email than leave a voicemail. So report researchers at Indiana University Bloomington in the journal Computers in Human Behavior after analyzing both the messages being sent... More »

Here's the Saddest Movie Scene Ever

If you want to cry, just watch the ending of 'The Champ'

(Newser) - New York and Moviefone point to a fascinating 1995 study brought back into the spotlight by Smithsonian : The study found that the saddest movie clip of all time may very well be from a poorly-reviewed 1979 boxing movie. Two scientists set out to find the best film scenes to... More »

Pregnant Women Also Watch TV for 2

Fetuses rejoice when mom watches happy movie, go quiet for sad ones

(Newser) - Unborn children are so in tune with their mothers that they get bad vibes when mom watches a sad movie, and are perked up by an uplifting flick. That’s the conclusion of Japanese researchers, who plopped one group of expectant mothers in front of The Sound of Music, and... More »

Botox Numbs Emotional Response

If you can't frown, brain finds it harder to be sad, study surmises

(Newser) - If you turn your frown upside down with Botox, your brain gets the message and makes you less receptive to negative emotional stimuli. That’s the conclusion of a new study of people who had their frown muscles paralyzed with the cosmetic toxin. Researchers tested subjects on the speed of... More »

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