Every week, the BBC Focus magazine solves some doubts of its readers. Below is a selection of their responses for the curious.

Why are we so good at perceiving the tension between two people?

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Body language gives many clues about the emotions that you want to hide.

We use all our senses.

We observe facial expressions and body language, we hear What is spoken as much as about what we speak and even use the sense of smell and touch to capture the emotional state of people.

Some of these abilities are innate: we have facial expressions and bodily responses programmed for fear, revulsion, or aggression, and we are good at recognizing these emotions in others.