Researchers from Aalto University in Finland have found that there is a connection between how we feel emotionally and how we feel physically. Over 700 people from Sweden, Finland, and Taiwan took part in the study where the researchers induced various emotions and the participants identified regions of the bodies where they felt activity increasing or decreasing. The results, which were similar across cultures, could help solidify the connection between our emotions and our physiology.
Assistant professor Lauri Nummenmaa states:
“Emotions adjust not only our mental, but also our bodily states. This way the prepare us to react swiftly to the dangers, but also to the opportunities such as pleasurable social interactions present in the environment. Awareness of the corresponding bodily changes may subsequently trigger the conscious emotional sensations, such as the feeling of happiness.”
The results were similar across the three populations, emphasizing the biological basis of the connection. Next time you feel a little prideful, just remember it’s literally all in your head (and chest). And if you’re angry? Literally hot-headed. HA!