LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Is cursing bad or good for you? CBS2’s Jennifer Kastner digs into the science of swearing.
Benjamin Bergen is the author of the book: “What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves.”
“It turns out that there are amazing things you can find out about how the mind works, how the brain works, people’s human sociality just by looking at profanity,” he explained.
The professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego said cursing could be linked to higher intelligence.
“It turns out that on average, the ones who swear the most also have the biggest vocabulary overall,” Bergen added.
Wesley Chan was a test subject in Bergen’s lab as the professor dug deeper into the impact of foul language.
In an experiment, Chan was asked to write about his opinion on abortion as researchers purposefully attacked his point of view to get him riled up.
He was also instructed to swear and play a video game while his aggression was measured.