See where in the body different emotions live

by Ken Blackman  Dec 30, 2013

[caption id="attachment_1020" align="alignright" width="300"]The emotional body Study shows body activation by emotion[/caption]

This may be the most amazing image you'll come across today. This is from a multicultural study of which parts of the body light up under different emotions--anger, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness, surprise, anxiety, love, depression, contempt, pride, shame, envy.

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Note that the emotions were never discussed or mentioned to the subjects; instead the researchers evoked an emotional response from the subject by various means, and then had them show where they felt the most and least activation in their body.

From the article:

"The most surprising thing was the consistency of the ratings, both across individuals and across all the tested language groups and cultures," said study lead author Lauri Nummenmaa, an assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience at Finland's Aalto University School of Science.

Notice how love lights up the genitals, anger and fear make the heart race, disgust hits us in the bowels, anxiety in the chest. Shame heats our cheeks, depression makes the whole torso numb and the limbs cold, and contempt and envy are all in the head.

Read more about the study here.