"See How You Feel"

My thesis focuses on four emotions: Love, Fear, Anxiety, and Depression, some of the strongest of human emotions. I have gained a lot of inspiration researching an experiment conducted by the biomedical engineering and brain research unit at Aalto University in Finland. They found that emotional feelings are associated with discrete yet overlapping maps of somatosensations, which are sensations of touch, temperature, body position, and pain. In the experiment, participants tracked where they felt activations and deactivations in their bodies when experiencing basic and complex emotions. I have turned these bodily heat maps into four abstract posters which in a sense can evoke the emotions they represent. 


Credit to study:  

Bodily maps of emotions 

Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, Jari K. Hietanen 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jan 2014, 111 (2) 646-651; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1321664111 


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