Study Demonstrates Mind-Body Connection

[heading align=”left”] Study Demonstrates Mind-Body Connection [/heading]

Map of the Body's Emotions
Warm colors show areas that were activated by emotion. Cool colors show areas that were deactivated by emotion.

  [row] [one_half] According to About.com Psychology, the psychological definition of emotion is “a complex state of feeling that results in physical and psychological changes that influence thought and behavior.” In an attempt to better understand these physiological responses, a team of scientists in Finland asked a group of 700 people to map out the parts of their bodies that were responding to emotions. The results were surprisingly consistent. Certain emotions – like love, happiness, and anger – activated the chest, shoulder, and head, while other emotions – like sadness, depression, and shame – deactivated the arms and legs. “Our emotional system in the brain sends signals to the body so we can deal with our situation,” says Lauri Nummenmaa, the psychologist who led the study. “It’s an automated system. We don’t have to think about it.” [/one_half] [one_half]   [blockquote align=”left”] Certain emotions – like love, happiness, and anger – activated the chest, shoulder, and head, while other emotions – like sadness, depression, and shame – deactivated the arms and legs. [/blockquote][/one_half] [/row] The results of the study are by no means absolute. Considering that the results were self-reported, and participants were asked to think about emotions rather than experiencing them directly, the results do not definitively correlate to actual physiological responses that occur with emotions. That being said, this study is an exciting new step for psychologists in their search toward better understanding human emotions. Nummenmaa hopes that this research may be used in the future to diagnose and/or treat mood disorders. The full study was published November 27, 2013 on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences‘ website.   _____________________________ Rosewood knows that eating disorders take a toll on the mind, body, and emotions of the suffering person. That’s why we treat the whole person, addressing not only the ED, but also any co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, addiction, depression, etc. We maintain our clients’ dignity while gently guiding them on the path to recovery. For more information, or to schedule a tour of our beautiful facility, feel free to call us at 800-845-2211.   This post is a summary of an article from NPR.org and does not include the opinions of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders or its affiliates. You can read the full article here.