Re: Tears

Alex Duncan (
17 Jul 1995 18:56:06 GMT

In article <>
Ralph L Holloway, writes:
>Can someone refresh my memory regarding some research done
>several years ago which seemed to indicate that the composition of tears
>was different whether or not the stimulus was an irritant to the surface
>of the eyeball or was an emotional stimulus through the cortical-limbic
>route? Does anyone remember this work?

I remember the same stuff. The conclusion was that "emotional" crying
helped rid the body of toxins. Unfortunately, I remember nothing about
the source or authors. Didn't it make Time magazine or something?
Perhaps Discover?

Alex Duncan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-1086