"ANGER makes you clench your fists. Love makes your heart race. Shame makes your cheeks burn red.
The idea that certain emotions affect some body parts more than others is hardly controversial. But we've never seen the concept tested scientifically before. At least, not in a way that's as easy to understand as this.
A group of scientists from Finland gathered 701 people across five experiments and asked them to color in silhouettes in response to emotional words, stories, movies and facial expressions.
The participants used different colors to label the parts of their bodies they felt increasing or decreasing in activity.
When the scientists put the data together, some clear patterns emerged. You can see the results in the image above. "Hot" colors like red, yellow and orange symbolize increased activity, while the different shades of blue represent the opposite. Black is neutral.
You'll notice love and happiness are felt strongly all over our bodies, while depression causes us to lose sensation in every limb.
We're particularly interested in some of the more ambiguous emotions, though. For instance, pride seems to cause a big increase in activity, but it's limited to your upper body. Shame is felt in your cheeks, fear strikes in your chest and disgust settles in your throat."
news.com.au retrieved 1/7/14 6:44 pm Aust time