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    Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over
    by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
    December 30, 2013
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    People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas.
    Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen.

    Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.

    Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.

    When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, they found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.

    People reported that happiness and love sparked activity across nearly the entire body, while depression had the opposite effect: It dampened feelings in the arms, legs and head. Danger and fear triggered strong sensations in the chest area, the volunteers said. And anger was one of the few emotions that activated the arms.

    The scientists hope these body emoticons may one day help psychologists diagnose or treat mood disorders.

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    I saw this the other day, I thought it was somewhat fascinating.

    It's interesting to me that envy is so similar to contempt- it looks like contempt is just a stronger feeling. Because in my mind they seem like different feelings, so it's surprising to me to see they exist in the same place (?). (Although it doesn't really surprise me that shame and contempt are similar.)
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    I read this earlier today. I think it's interesting that thoughts, which come attached with some personal meaning and emotion, physically alter people. It reminds me of how our inner world constantly affects our physical world, and how entwined they actually are; thoughts, feelings, us, and our realities. Thanks for sharing.
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    I'm very surprised that the legs aren't more activated during fear. It also is interesting that the brightest part of a lot of these is the heart, which would explain why people used to think it was the seat of emotions. Only neutrality and depression has no chest area activity.

    Also notice disgust and the brightness around the stomach.. as though someone might be about to retch. Anger, meanwhile, looks like it is about to beat someone up.

    Looks like interesting insight into our animal nature here.
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    It actually took me forever to figure out that emotions are experienced in the body.

    But I know that rage comes from my belly. It's fury that's in the chest and arms. They're different emotions.

    Cool topic though. Thanks for the post.

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    I thought this was a cool idea when I saw it (friend posted on facebook), but I was disappointed when I read how the study worked. Basically, people self-reported what they felt physically when experiencing an emotion by coloring in diagrams. I thought people's body reactions were actually being measured somehow, but nope.
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    ^I think I remember thinking something similar when I read it, but still- I think it's interesting that people reported feeling the same thing consistently across different cultures.

    eta: I'd be interested in seeing if there was any significant difference across different ages (and if that difference held consistency across different cultures).
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    I've seen this featured on a particular social entertainment app.

    The reason why anxiety (and somewhat fear) pools blood to the chest is actually to lessen the damage done to your body if you lose an extremity. If you are incredibly anxious/wary during a battle, and you lose an arm, then you aren't going to lose as much blood as a person who is stoic in battle or angry (since anger pools blood to the arms and core, btw most of these are blood maps), thus ensuring higher odds of survival.

    EDIT: Meant Anxiety instead of fear

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    Look at how lit up the body is during happiness and love. That's beautiful.
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    I don't know if I'd be able to self-report this sort of thing. I'll have to pay attention to where I feel my surprise, I guess?

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