I remember when I was a kid and the neighbor ladies would hang their clothes washing out on the line. As they pinned the clothes on the line, one neighbor lady would be gossiping with the other neighbor about "so and so". I used to hide behind the bright white sheets flapping in the breeze, and listen. Funny thing though, I never could find a Mr. or Mrs. Soandso in my neighborhood.
Negative gossip actually alters the way our visual system responds to a particular face, according to a study published online by the journal Science.
The findings suggest that the human brain is wired to respond to gossip, researchers say. And it adds to the evidence that gossip helped early humans get ahead.