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True Colors: Research Sheds Light On Body Emotions

By Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.
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True Colors: Research Sheds Light On Body Emotions

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
~ Pablo Picasso

There is a saying in bodywork that your “issues are in your tissues.”

Now there is some evidence to support this: New research reveals that various emotions, both positive and negative, are felt in different body areas.

A study published on Dec. 31, 2013 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that bodily sensations related to different emotions appear to be a universal phenomena. From an anxious lump in the throat or cold feet, to the excitement and warm feeling of a first kiss or a long hug, our bodies respond to our feelings with physiological fluctuations. While this information isn’t headline news, the fact that these researchers were able to find that this is a universal phenomenon is something of a breakthrough.

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True Colors: Research Sheds Light On Body Emotions

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  1. You may find it interesting to note another project, which I completed 7 years ago is along similar lines – while completing a graphic design research MA at London College of Communication. It’s amazing how the humanities and science can overlap.www.emotionallyvague.com/results_02.php Conference presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBAF5MAjI1A.

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