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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Video: The Fear of Being Short
29 January 2014 12:15 pm
If you think that others are out to get you, stand tall. A new study finds that people who perceive themselves as short are more likely to experience feelings of paranoia. Researchers took 60 women with a history of paranoia on a simulated trip in a subway car via a virtual reality headset. The subjects went on the ride twice, but on one trip, the scientists lowered their perspective by 25 cm to make them feel shorter than the other riders. Though the women were often unaware that their vantage point had changed, when they felt shorter, they scored two points higher on a test rating their level of paranoia. They also described feeling vulnerable and that more people had stared at them, researchers report in Psychiatry Research. The results may be useful for treating paranoia by finding that these delusions are rooted in feelings of inferiority. Though they tested only women, the scientists expect that the same experiment in men would cause even more distress, because men generally place greater importance on height and are more likely to exaggerate their own size.