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Why Only Humans Weep: Unravelling the mysteries of tears

Ad Vingerhoets


This book addresses the question why humans are the only animal species that produce emotional tears. The book brings together relevant theories and research from very different disciplines varying from clinical psychiatry to evolutionary biology and even the neurosciences and anthropology. Specific attention is devoted to the evolutionary origins of crying, the (neuro)biological aspects, antecedents, intra- and interpersonal differences, individual and gender differences in crying, cultural and art historical aspects, as well as the relation between crying and health. Several popular myths co ... More

Keywords: crying, tears, weeping, neurobiology, culture, individual differences, clinical aspects, emotion, gender differences, cultural aspects, evolution, intrapersonal consequences, interpersonal effects, pathological crying, health, art history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198570240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ad Vingerhoets, author
Professor of Clinical Psychology at Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands