Your nose and your pants may catch on fire if you tell a lie, a new study from Spain claims.
Researchers verified their thesis through thermal imaging cameras.
Medical Daily has more information about the so-called Pinocchio Effect:
“According to the study, when humans lie, the nose knows and, while it does not lengthen like Pinocchio’s did, it heats up when a person is not telling the truth.
“The effect was discovered when researchers monitored volunteers with thermal imaging software. According to the study’s researchers, the tip of participants’ noses heat up due to the anxiety that they felt about lying.”
Lying apparently has a significant influence on the brain’s insular cortex, which regulates body temperature.
The study was conducted in conjunction with a doctoral thesis by University of Granada’s Emilio Gomez Milan and Elvira Salazar Lopez who add that a “great mental effort” will help cool down the tip of the nose when fibbing according to the New York Daily News. The the orbital muscle in the eye’s inner corner also experiences a change in temperature when someone doesn’t tell the truth according to the same research. The full scientific report has yet to be published, however.
Their study apparently also found that sexual arousal can be detected through thermal imagery of other parts of the body of which you can figure out on your own.
Pinocchio, a wooden puppet whose nose grew when telling lies, was the main character of the famous 1883 children’s book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.