Study Finds Hidden Emotions in the Sound of Words

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[Source: Science Daily]

New research shows that some sound combinations, like those in the word ‘virus,’ elicit more emotionally intense responses than others. This may play a role in both children’s language acquisition and how we might have evolved language in the first place.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s common to feel stress levels rise every time we hear the word “virus.” But new Cornell-led research reveals that the sound of the word itself was likely to raise your blood pressure — even before “corona” was added to it.

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