This Is Where You Feel Your Feels
Are our emotions universal, across borders of culture and language? Is my happy the same as your happy? Do I experience anger in precisely the same way that you do?
Psychologically speaking, that’s a difficult question to answer. But according to a new study on the physiological experience of emotions, our bodies respond in very particular ways to a range of feelings.
Hundreds of people were presented with various images designed to cause an emotional response. The participants then indicated where on their bodies they felt increased (orange and yellow, above) or decreased (blue, above) sensation, essentially drawing a kind of atlas of emotional response.
The results are pretty interesting, and nice to look at as well. I have to wonder why contempt causes that very specific lack of sensation south of the border, though.
More at Discover Magazine.