(Nov. 3, 2011)
Your ability to recognize emotional content in faces and texts is linked to your blood pressure, according to a Clemson University researcher.
A recently published study by Clemson University psychology professor James A. McCubbin and colleagues has shown that people with higher blood pressure have reduced ability to recognize angry, fearful, sad and happy faces and text passages.
“It’s like living in a world of email without smiley faces,” McCubbin said. “We put smiley faces in emails to show when we are just kidding. Otherwise some people may misinterpret our humor and get angry.”
Some people have what McCubbin calls “emotional dampening” that may cause them to respond inappropriately to anger or other emotions in others.