Where you feel emotions in your body by The National Academy of Sciences

A group of scientists examinded a group of 700 paticipants from Finland, Sweeden and Taiwan all engadged in experiments aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions.

We will let the people at Discover Magazine explain exactly what went down:

"Participants viewed emotion-laden words, videos, facial expressions and stories. They then self-reported areas of their bodies that felt different than before they’d viewed the material. By coloring in two computer-generated silhouettes — one to note areas of increased bodily sensation and the second to mark areas of decreased sensation — participants were able to provide researchers with a broad base of data showing both positive and negative bodily responses to different emotions.

"Researchers found statistically discrete areas for each emotion tested, such as happiness, contempt and love, that were consistent regardless of respondents’ nationality. Afterward, researchers applied controls to reduce the risk that participants may have been biased by sensation-specific phrases common to many languages (such as the English “cold feet” as a metaphor for fear, reluctance or hesitation).

Although each emotion produced a specific map of bodily sensation, researchers did identify some areas of overlap. Basic emotions, such as anger and fear, caused an increase in sensation in the upper chest area, likely corresponding to increases in pulse and respiration rate. Happiness was the only emotion tested that increased sensation all over the body.

The findings enhance researchers’ understanding of how we process emotions. Despite differences in culture and language, it appears our physical experience of feelings is remarkably consistent across different populations. The researchers believe that further development of these bodily sensation maps may one day result in a new way of identifying and treating emotional disorders."

Bottom line is this is an awsome heat map visual that breaks down all of the various human emotions we have on a daily basis and pinpoints exactly where in the body they generate from. Very cool stuff... Yay Science!


  1. This research is so good and interesting. I mean, it legit defines the basic emotions and how the person feels after the emotion hits them. I just love the pictorial depiction, especially the ‘depression’ one; the person indeed feels nothing but cold inside sigh. However, being a qualitative analysis services provider, I believe that stress should also be added to this list pfft!

  2. Emotions are important parts of our lives and we should control on them and do not show these to others because they can learn about our personality and maybe they will harm us because our enemies can do anything for destroying us. We should show emotions only in front of our dear ones. When I got high first position with the help of coursework writing services my emotions were out of control.

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