Did you know falling in love triggers body-wide sensations while anxiety usually feels like chest pain? Researchers from Aalto University have found consistent results across cultures regarding where we experience emotions in our bodies. Images © Aalto University
Larger image. Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas.
To create the emotion map on the human body, seven hundred people from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan took part in the online research. Different emotional states where induced to the individuals and they were asked to color, on their computer, the regions whose activity they felt increasing or decreasing. The researchers found that the most common emotions trigger strong bodily sensations and that emotions and their corresponding bodily sensation patterns have a biological basis.
Awareness of the corresponding bodily changes may subsequently trigger the conscious emotional sensations, such as the feeling of happiness, tells assistant professor Lauri Nummenmaa from Aalto University.
source Aalto University