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8 tears seen under a microscope reveal different emotions

8 tears seen under a microscope reveal different emotions

September 22, 2022

There is a scientific consensus about the types of tears that exist: basal tears (those that are continuously segregating to lubricate the eye), reflex tears (they are secreted when strange particles are detected in the eyes) or psychic tears , due to intense emotional states (sadness, happiness, anger ...).

These three categories may seem simple, but they are not so if we detach ourselves from the scientific perspective and stick to the aesthetic point of view.

The photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher He wondered what the different types of tears would look like, looking at their origin, under the microscope. The result is called The Topography of Tears.


Basal tears:

We can see that the basal tears draw an asymmetric body.

Tears of peeling onions:

The tears of peeling onions have some similarity with leaves of trees. They create a very homogeneous design.

Tears due to laughter:

The drawing of the tears that we expel when we laugh is a bit crazy.

Tears of grief or mourning:

The drawing is, in this case, somewhat disconcerting.


The difference in the shapes that can be seen in tears through the microscope is due in part to the emotional state of the person who has segregated them. Depending on the state of the neuroendocrine system different hormones and neurotransmitters will be segregated, of which quantity and type will depend on the molecular composition of the tears before going outside. That is to say: as the different states of mind follow physiological processes of different types, the corporal response they produce is also different.

On the other hand, the circumstances in which the tears have dried to become microscopic samples (crystallized salt) also affects the shape of these structures.

Tears to finish and start:

Tears of liberation:


Tears of emotional reunion:

Tears of change:


Micrograph photos reveal the unique beauty of tears (September 2022).


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