Feeling cold after an icy glance? 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.