You know that old saying about being able to smell someone's fear?
How about that one about fear being contagious?
This new study suggests that humans communicate via smell just like other animals. Which means we haven't been marking our territory for nothin'! Sweet! Ha!
Here's what the researchers say:
"These findings are contrary to the commonly accepted assumption that human communication runs exclusively via language or visual channels."
The study was hilariously gross: they collected sweat from under the armpits of 10 men while they watched either frightening scenes from the horror movie The Shining or repulsive clips of MTV's Jackass. Then they asked 36 women to take a visual test while being completely unaware that they were inhaling the scent of men's sweat!
Here's what happened according to the source:
'When women sniffed "fear sweat," they opened their eyes wide in a scared expression, while those smelling sweat from disgusted men scrunched their faces into a repulsed grimace.'
This made one expert come to the conclusion that yes, fear IS contagious:
"Our research suggests that emotional chemo-signals can be potential contributors to emotional contagion in situations involving dense crowds."
Science is the best.
[Image via AP Images.]
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