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Why We Blush, Explained: VIDEO


The guys at ASAPScience have it all figured out, and explain in their colorful fashion why we're programmed to go red in certain situations.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. An oldie but a goodie from Mark Twain: Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to.

    I don't know how suitable the farting example is - even a false accusation of acting in a socially inappropriate way would cause more sensitive types to blush. Then again, this would still resolve the awkward situation (at the blusher's expense, but maybe they're just puny evolutionary dead-ends anyway) so the theory could still hold water I suppose.

    Happily I'm not much of a blusher myself thanks to a natural swarthiness, but it does become a handsome young man (especially if due to a risqué suggestion I've just made to him).

    Posted by: johnnzboy | Oct 17, 2012 12:32:01 PM

  2. If you really want to understand why SOME people blush and others do not, read "Coming Out Of Shame:Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives" and/or study up on Tomkins Affect and Script Theory. It's a far deeper, rewarding subject than a cutsey video.

    Posted by: ToddKnows | Oct 17, 2012 6:15:49 PM

  3. Did I just hear them present a thesis where blushing is involutary... then at the end, suggest you blush?

    Posted by: Mousie | Oct 17, 2012 8:57:55 PM

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