Mapping The Body Atlas & Feelings Associated With Them

Mapping The Body Atlas & Feelings Associated With Them

We all have experienced- sweaty palms during tense moments, blushing cheeks at times and throbbing pulse after a brush with the not-so-everyday. Now, there is a study which actually connects emotions with bodily sensations.

More than 700 participants from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan participated in the experiments aimed at mapping bodily sensations with specific emotions. The participants were treated with emotional words, stories and videos among others and were then, asked to report parts of their bodies that felt different. Two computer generated silhouettes- one to map areas of increased sensations, and the other to map decrease sensations. The results? Stunningly beautiful and definitely enlightening.

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Some emotions like, those of contempt, happiness and love were consistently mapped in the same areas irrespective of the participant’s cultural backgrounds. However, a couple of results deviated, arguably because of certain phrases like cold feet which Englishmen use as a metaphor for fear or hesitation.

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Anger and fear typically, caused an aggravated sensation in the upper chest area whereas, happiness is the only emotion to be tested that causes increased sensations all over the body.

Researchers also believe that this can be a breakthrough in the treatment of emotional disorders. That being an indeed a path breaking discovery, it is also generally enlightening to know where we harbour feelings of love, hate, disgust and others.

 

Anwita Mukherjee is a lawyer by education and has just finished her LLM from Jindal Global Law School. She has worked as a lawyer for a couple of corporate houses and is presently trying to metamorphose into a successful journalist.