Sunday 25 September 2016

Scientists set to turn the air blue with discussion on swearing

Published 08/09/2016 | 00:11

Experiments in pubs will be carried out which measure people's physiological responses to swearing
Experiments in pubs will be carried out which measure people's physiological responses to swearing

Scientists are hoping to find out whether swearing can make you feel better.

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A panel of experts at the British Science Festival will today discuss whether turning the air blue can help get rid of negative emotions, and also why people do it.

Swansea University social psychologist Dr Gabriela Jiga-Boy said expletives are present in most cultures - with most taboo words having sexual connotations rather than religious ones.

She said: "I am conducting research into the effects of swearing in one's first versus second language, and the potential of swearing to help regulate the negative emotions that arise when we receive negative feedback.

"Research on this topic can contribute to our knowledge about how bilingualism translates into more efficient modes of communicating one's emotions."

As well as the discussion, experiments in pubs in Swansea will also be carried out which measure people's physiological responses to swearing - such as their heart rate.

The British Science Festival is taking place in Swansea until September 9.

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