Sensory Systems

What Predicts Distress After Episodes of Sleep Paralysis?

Ever find yourself briefly paralyzed as you’re falling asleep or just waking up? It’s a phenomenon is called sleep paralysis, and it’s often accompanied by vivid sensory or perceptual experiences, which can include complex and disturbing hallucinations and intense fear. For some people, sleep paralysis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; for More

The smell of fear is real and it’s contagious, study claims

The Boston Globe: “These findings are contrary to the commonly accepted assumption that human communication runs exclusively via language or visual channels,” said Gün Semin and colleagues from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in a statement. In new research published Monday in the journal Psychological Science, researchers tested the sweaty More

Study: Variation in the Smell of Our Sweat Can Convey Fear or Disgust

The Atlantic: PROBLEM: Some animals can communicate their emotional states through chemical signals called chemosignals. Can human animals do so as well? METHODOLOGY: Researcher Gün Semin and company at Utrecht University in the Netherlands induced strong feelings in their subjects by showing them fear- or disgust-inducing films, then collected and More