MY HEART IS GLOWING: Body Maps Of Emotions

February 5, 2014

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These are the composite emotional body maps created by researchers at Aalto University in Finland using data gathered from participants who were presented with a series of emotional words and asked to color a human shaped silhouette where they felt increased bodily activity. Not exactly the most scientific method I've ever heard of, but not all universities can afford fancy monitoring equipment.

The study asked 700 participants from Finland, Sweden, and Taiwan to watch a series of emotional words, stories, movies, or facial expressions while coloring in areas on paper body silhouettes where they felt increasing or decreasing activity. Putting all of the data together resulted in the images that you see above, showing emotional activity maps of the human body. Statistical analysis proved that these maps were accurate across cultures, suggesting that when you share a feeling with someone, no matter where they're from, you really are sharing the same physical sensations as they do.

I like how love seems to get everybody's privates hot and bothered. Love makes my penis freeze up like the Ice Witch just smacked it with her wand. If I had to guess I'd say I probably have the upper body of anger all the time, and the lower body of sadness. My head and torso are always burning up, but my lower body is so freezing I once had a girlfriend break up with me for always touching her with my cold feet in bed at night. "Why didn't you wear socks?" Because that was just easier than telling her I didn't love her. OH SHIT, we're having some real-talk today!

Thanks to Justice, who I prefer swift.

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