New Study Maps the Body's Emotional Reactions

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Feeling the love surround you (or the anger).
  • Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen
  • Feeling the love surround you (or the anger).

There are countless medical journals that display the human anatomy, but Finnish researchers have found a way to map human emotions. For instance: Where in your body do you feel when you see the person you love? How about when you feel angry or nervous?

Researchers used five different experiments to create new "corporal topography," with evidence pointing to specific areas of the body where people feel emotion. The scientists used various stimuli to test 13 different basic and complex emotions.

For instance, our body goes warm and we feel happiness across our chest and hips when we're happy but those areas dull when we feel sad. Anger and contempt we feel in our heads.

The study was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

And scientists are encouraging the public to participate in their ongoing experiments by clicking here.