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    Where Emotion Is Felt in the Human Body

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    Researchers studying the human body’s physiological responses to emotion have created a map that tells which parts of the body are affected by different emotions.

    Researchers studying the human body’s physiological responses to emotion have created a map that tells which parts of the body are affected by different emotions.

    Over 700 people from Finland, Sweden and Taiwan participated in the study, which had the subjects look at words, videos, facial expressions, or stories that were meant to evoke a certain emotion.

    The subjects then reported where they felt different by coloring in two silhouettes showing either an increase or decrease in sensation in various parts of their body.

    Data from the responses was combined to show a range of physical emotional effects, and create a map of how emotion is felt in different parts of the body.

    According to the abstract of the study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers: “propose that emotions are represented in the somatosensory system as culturally universal categorical somatotopic maps. Perception of these emotion-triggered bodily changes may play a key role in generating consciously felt emotions.”

    Physical responses to emotion were found to be universal across cultures and language.