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    #1

    people need not infer how they feel.

    What does "people need not infer how they feel." mean? Who infers what? and how is it related to the theme of this paragraph?


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    Robert Zajonc argues that smiling causes facial muscles to increase the flow of air-cooled blood to the brain, a process that produces a pleasant state by lowering brain temperature.
    Conversely, frowning decreases blood flow, producing an unpleasant state by raising temperature.
    To demonstrate, Zajonc and his colleagues conducted a study in which they asked participants to repeat certain vowels 20 times each, including the sounds ah, e, w, and the German vowel ü.
    In the meantime, temperature changes in the forehead were measured and participants reported on how they felt.
    As it turned out, ah and e (sounds that cause people to imitate smiling) lowered forehead temperature and lifted mood, whereas u and ü (sounds that cause us to imitate frowning) increased temperature and darkened mood.
    In short, people need not infer how they feel. Rather, facial expressions give rise to physiological changes that produce an emotional experience.
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    #2

    Re: people need not infer how they feel.

    "What does 'people need not infer how they feel' mean?"

    It is meaningless gobbledygook. I always know how I feel, as I am sure do other people. There has never been a need to infer it. Reasoning is not involved in knowing how you feel.

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    #3

    Re: people need not infer how they feel.

    How can it be meaningless gobbledygook when you've just explained exactly what it means?
    Admittedly, it's a strange sentence in the context.

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    #4

    Re: people need not infer how they feel.

    I don't think people "infer" what they mean. That alone makes it gobbledygook.

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    #5

    Re: people need not infer how they feel.

    Then let me put it another way. "How can it be meaningless when you've just explained exactly what it means?"

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