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Lying Raises Our Nose Temperature


Many of you have heard the tale of Pinocchio, the wooden boy who nose grew longer and longer every time he told a lie. But have you heard of the “Pinocchio effect?”

Interestingly, a recent study has shown that our noses can give us away when we are lying. What you witness in a liar’s nose may be described a modern day medical miracle!

When examining the relationship between our mental state and body temperature, researchers found that a person’s nose will warm up when he or she tells a lie. With a technique called thermography, scientists used specially adapted cameras to detect infrared radiation, which produced images of objects based on heat signature. Researchers concluded that if a person misrepresents his true feelings – by telling a lie, for example– the temperature around his nose goes up. Heat causes engorgement or growth. How long after Gepetto’s discovery about Pinocchio’s nose did it take researchers to uncover the “Pinocchio effect?” Hmmm…

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Joy Reidenberg, Anatomist, Builds a Following on ‘Inside Nature’s Giants’

Inside Nature’s GiantsToday’s New York Times Science section has a fascinating article about an anatomist (Dr. Joy Reidenberg) who studies whale voice boxes. Try humming while closing your mouth and holding your nose–it’s impossible! But whales are able to make powerful sounds underwater with their blowholes and mouths closed. An article in the New York Times, entitled “Discover the secrets of the whale larynx!” tells us more!

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