Emotions are often felt in the body, and somatosensory feedback has been proposed to trigger conscious emotional experiences.
Human emotions mapped for the first time, shows where we feel love, fear, and shame.
Researchers in Finland have compiled the first authoritative atlas of “body maps” that detail where we feel emotions.
In experiments with 701 participants from Sweden, Finland, and Taiwan, two silhouettes of bodies were paired with facial expressions, stories, emotional words, or movies, and the participants were asked to color the regions of body images where they felt increasing (in yellow) or decreasing (in blue) sensation while viewing the stimuli. Black would indicate no change in sensation.