That stress and pain affect the human body has long been known. Doctors warn against the effects of stress and pain, and sadness on a continuous basis.
A new study however, puts in sharp focus exactly what happens to the human body under different emotional states.
The difficult emotions we all feel in our daily lives, send triggers that cause sensations, which are distributed among different organs or tissues depending on the emotion. Such patterns, furthermore, are consistent in people of different race or ethnicity.
Although the fight or flight response has been known, as are its effects - quickened pulse, blood pooled to the heart and muscles, etc - the landscape of different emotional effects shows how the human body reacts, and prepares for the emotional onslaught.
Not all emotional responses are negative. As can be seen in the picture above, pleasure and contentment also play a role.
This discovery, and the mapping of such emotional-biological nexus, is very important in the future management and treatment of illnesses or conditions that are the result of emotional overstimulation or stress. It can also, conversely, serve to identify emotional and mental conditions from the symptoms displayed by patients.
For more on this research, consult the published article in The National Academy of Sciences' or the following link: http://www.pnas.org/content/suppl/2013/12/26/1321664111.DCSupplemental/pnas.201321664SI.pdf
Source: Science Daily/ 1.6.14