|Dr. Lauri Nummenmaa, |
Aalto University School of Science
As an emotional person, I found the following article "Study Finds Emotions Can Be Mapped to the Body" (by @ Shannon Firth), fascinating.
The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, was conducted by Finnish researchers in an attempt to determine if emotions cause universal physical reactions. (A simplistic example: Do most people feel "butterflies in their stomach" when they are nervous?)
The study included 701 participants. Using words, stories, movies, and expressions to illicit emotions, the participants were then asked to highlight their physical sensations on two human -shaped silhouettes. (Note: the sensations were based on a participants' "perceived physical reaction" and were not monitored or confirmed medically.) One silhouette was to be used to depict increasing sensations, the other to depict decreasing sensations. Body parts colored red indicated the most intense sensations, yellow were strong, blue meant dulled sensations, black equated to absent sensation.
ANGER FEAR DISGUST HAPPINESS SADNESS SURPRISE NEUTRAL
ANXIETY LOVE DEPRESSION CONTEMPT PRIDE SHAME ENVY
Visit Emotions Mapped to see the results.
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