Cold hands, warm heart? – New research: poor circulation in your fingers, Raynaud’s disease

May 13, 2009

New research on the old saying: 'cold hands, warm heart'.

New research on the old saying:

Cold hands, warm heart? – New research on the effect of poor circulation in fingers, Raynaud’s disease!

New research indicates that the old saying ‘cold hands, warm heart’ is often not true at all! About the effect of having cold hands on social perceptions, and chronic cold hands are an indicator for Raynaud disease.

Recently US researchers from the University of Colorado & Yale University presented their research results of two studies on how hand temperature affects the social perceptions. The researchers found that holding warm objects may actually make people view others more favorably (in terms of ‘social warmth’), and having warm hands may also make people more generous.

The research results implicate that hand temperature is definitely another interesting aspect to be considered in a palmistry- or hand reading! The basic characteristic of Raynaud’s syndrome is: painful chronic cold fingers.

Professor John A. Bargh (Yale University) says:

“It appears that the effect of physical temperature is not just on how we see others, it affects our own behavior as well. Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people, but also cause us to be warmer – more generous and trusting – as well.”

Read the full article + related resources:

‘Cold hands, warm heart’ – is the old saying true?
About poor circulation in the fingers & Raynaud’s disease
Orthopaedic hand news

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