Some scholars believe that a feeling of anger, for example, triggers changes in our body’s responses and that when we become aware of these changes, that awareness actually helps us to construct conscious representations of a feeling.
— Dr. Lauri Nummenmaa, assistant professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Aalto University School of Science in Finland.

Different emotions are associated with discernible patterns of bodily sensations.


From Science Daily: "Researchers found that the most common emotions trigger strong bodily sensations, and the bodily maps of these sensations were topographically different for different emotions. The sensation patterns were, however, consistent across different West European and East Asian cultures, highlighting that emotions and their corresponding bodily sensation patterns have a biological basis".  The research was funded by European Research Council (ERC), The Academy of Finland and the Aalto University (aivoAALTO project)  The results were published on 31 December, 2013 in the scientific journal Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, and an expert in consciousness, said the study provided compelling evidence to support his and his colleagues claims "that the content of emotion is largely based on the perception of body states." -Science Daily

New discoveries validate the idea that the mind, emotions and body are affecting each other.  Candace Pert pioneered research on how chemicals in our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body, in her book Molecules of Emotion.  Her work explains in detail how emotions get recorded in our cells.  

Deborah Rozman, a key spokesperson on heart intelligence and role of the heart in stress management, performance and wellness, states, "Until the 1990s, scientists assumed and most of us were taught that it was only the brain that sent information and issued commands to the heart, but now we know that it works both ways. In fact, the heart’s complex intrinsic nervous system, the heart brain, is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells, like those found in the brain proper. Research has shown that the heart communicates to the brain in several major ways and acts independently of the cranial brain."

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