Re: Tears, differences between emotions and irritants...

Ralph L Holloway (
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 13:28:10 -0400

I'm grateful to Phil Nicholls for digging out the empirical information
on innervation of the lacrimal gland and rebutting the trigeminal
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? It was an interesting finding that
some of a feminist view used to propose that if males were to cry more
frequently (as women supposedly do), they would be healthier, as the
emotional release of tears helped rid the system of toxic substances,
whereas mechanical stimulation only produced tears that would help wash
away the irritant. This has absolutely nothing to do with AAT, I hope...
Ralph Holloway