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Feeling cold after an icy glance?

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 02, 2008

Spreading nasty rumors can make people feel literally dirty and being socially excluded from a group can make you feel cold.

John Bargh, a psychologist at Yale who was not involved in the research, said the finding made “perfect sense.” In an e-mail message, he noted that a brain region called the insula tracks both body temperature and general psychological states, and it may be here where social perceptions and sensations of warmth or coldness are fused.