A Study Proves that Women’s Tears are a Turn Off to Men
If a crying woman‘s red nose isn’t a big enough turnoff to a man, a surprising experiment found another reason: Tears of sadness may temporarily lower his testosterone level. Those tears send a chemical signal as the man gets close enough to sniff them – even though there’s no discernible odor, say researchers from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.
It’s the first such signal to be found in tears, and it‘s probably not unique to women’s. Theirs just were the first to be studied.
“It’s hard to get men to volunteer to cry” in a lab, noted Weizmann neurobiologist Noam Sobel, senior author of the study appearing in Friday’s edition of the journal Science.
Emotional tears are chemically different from the reflex tears that form when you get dust in your eye. But biologists have long puzzled over the true function of emotional tears: Are they merely cathartic, or do they have some other physiological role?