Study reveals human body’s reaction to emotions

The idea that emotions affect certain body parts more than others is hardly controversial. But we've never seen before concept scientifically proven. At least not in a way that is easy to understand like this.


Human Body reaction to emotions

According to a study, if we are depressed or sad our limbs get cold, while feelings of love and happiness cover virtually the entire body.

A group of Finnish researchers identified the ways in which we react to emotions, building a map according to which area of ​​the body is activated by each stimulus.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at 773 people, showing the increase or decrease in body temperature depending on the emotion experienced. Thus, we can see that el feeling of happiness covers most of the body, and is very similar to love. Pride and anger are almost equal, like fear, anxiety and disgust.

How emotions affect different parts of the body

Depression and sadness meanwhile, are characterized by showing ends with a cold tone (Which would explain the feeling of well-being if we were lying) and they differ from embarrassment by noted redness on the cheeks. Contempt and envy also show similar patterns.

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They are interesting some of the most ambiguous emotions, though. For example, pride seems to cause a large increase in activity, but limited to the upper body. Fear is felt in the chest and disgust is installed in the throat. (View image).

To reach these conclusions, scientists exposed volunteers to various external stimuli, such as videos, words, life stories, facial expressions and other, then ask them to be colored a computer body sites where they felt a change.

What is striking in the study had to do with "purely conceptual association between semantic knowledge of stereotypes language", considering that the analysis included people of Finnish and Taiwanese nationality, demonstrated that despite cultural backgrounds, we all feel the same.

The lead author of the study, Lauri psychologist Nummenmaa, He has encouraged others to try the experiment online. Just click on this link if you are interested. It's actually quite fun.

Research and writing team of Lucid Life

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