Scientists have mapped the human emotions




Scientists have mapped the human emotions


Finnish scientists have tried to figure out which way our emotions affect our body. The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, where scientists indicate that the survey respondents are asked 773 people indicate that definitely makes them feel emotionally charged material. The researchers suggest that this experiment has allowed them to create a real map of the emotions of the human body.

Survey participants were first shown a set of specific words, stories, movies, and expressions, and then asked to record on a computer-simulated human body figure those areas where they feel any changes. Those areas where the feeling was stronger, people were asked to mark in red if the feelings were less – yellow, and the places in which people felt dulling sensations – blue.

The result is a map of human emotions, responding to various stimuli. Scientists say that those people who, for example, experienced shame, stained yellow cheeks, and those who are disgusted – dyed red region of the abdomen. Depression makes human limbs less susceptible to external stimuli (blue), and the emotion of sadness concentrates according to the map in the eye area.

The study’s authors acknowledge that their results soon “are purely conceptual and reflect the communication between the semantic knowledge on the basis of some stereotypes” and emotional sensations like “butterflies in the stomach”, but insisted that the very nature of the human body response to certain emotion is “cultural view universality” and allows us to understand how emotions affect our body. Despite the fact that the survey involved Finnish and Taiwanese respondents, that is, representatives of two very different cultural groups, almost all participants made identical cards of human emotions.

Scientists believe that instead of linguistic and cultural attempts to explain the universality of these cards, the answer must be sought in the “biological basis” physical response of our bodies to certain emotions. And despite the fact that on a physical level emotions actually have little effect on our bodies, causing minimal changes in temperature or heartbeat – study suggests that there is a direct connection between the sensations in the musculoskeletal system, the system of internal organs and nervous system. A simple example might be trouble in the stomach or redness of the face – two facts are the answer to our physical shell to test the strongest emotions.
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