Crying Science: Why Do We Shed Tears When We're Sad? (VIDEO)

02/04/2013 07:46 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2013
  • Cara Santa Maria Science correspondent, Huffington Post; editor, Talk Nerdy to Me

We're all too familiar with tears welling up in our eyes--brought on by stress, sadness, or even laughter. But why exactly does feeling things make liquid come out of our eyes? And why is that uniquely human? After all, we're the only species that sheds emotional tears.

To unravel the science behind sobbing, I spoke with expert Dr. William H. Frey, who also serves as director of the Alzheimer's Research Center at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in St. Paul, Minn. He explained that not all tears are the same.

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