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SSS 2008-10-24

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This is Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Cynthia Graber. This will just take a minute.

 

You know that warm feeling you get when you spend time with someone you love? How about the one that comes from wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of coffee? They might be related. That’s what scientists at the University of Colorado and Yale University claim in the October 24th issue of the journal Science.

The researchers recruited 41 undergrad volunteers. Participants were handed a cup of either hot or iced coffee to hold, without being told it was part of the experiment. Then they were handed a description of an imaginary person, Person A, with a list of A’s personality traits. Afterwards, the undergrads described that person. Those who’d held the hot coffee rated Person A significantly warmer—friendlier, more generous—than those who held the ice coffee.

In a second study 53 volunteers held hot or cold therapeutic1 pads. Then they could choose a gift certificate for themselves or for a friend. Those who’d held the hot pads were more likely to be generous and give the gift certificate to friends. Researchers say this shows that physical and metaphorical2 warmth are linked. Which means it’s not a bad idea to order a hot drink on your next hot date.

 

Thanks for the minute for Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Cynthia Graber.
 


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1 therapeutic sI8zL     
adj.治疗的,起治疗作用的;对身心健康有益的
参考例句:
  • Therapeutic measures were selected to fit the patient.选择治疗措施以适应病人的需要。
  • When I was sad,music had a therapeutic effect.我悲伤的时候,音乐有治疗效力。
2 metaphorical OotzLw     
a.隐喻的,比喻的
参考例句:
  • Here, then, we have a metaphorical substitution on a metonymic axis. 这样,我们在换喻(者翻译为转喻,一种以部分代替整体的修辞方法)上就有了一个隐喻的替代。
  • So, in a metaphorical sense, entropy is arrow of time. 所以说,我们可以这样作个比喻:熵像是时间之矢。
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