Curiosity Daily Podcast: Do Masks Stunt Emotional Development? Plus: Human Ears Perk Up, Too, and Why Your Shower Curtain Clings To You

Learn about the "shower-curtain effect," the mystery of why your shower curtain will randomly cling to you; whether masks affect our emotional development; and why humans perk up their ears.

August 28, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

No One Knows Why the Shower Curtain Will Randomly Cling to You by Joanie Faletto

Do masks affect our emotional development? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Nate)

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Humans perk up their ears, too by Kelsey Donk

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