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Science also proves it: Emotions are born in the heart

Science also proves it: Emotions are born in the heart

It looks like you know what is common ? On the contrary, it is a scientifically based claim, as confirmed by a recent study by bioengineers of the University of Pisa , in collaboration with the University of Padua in Italy and the University of California Irvine in the USA .

The study , published in the journal " Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of USA " , analyzes the mechanism that prompts us to experience a specific emotion in the face of certain stimuli , and that finds its root in the heart , showing that the activity cardiovascular plays a causal and temporal role , which precedes the activation of cerebral cortex neurons .

" Basically we do not experience tachycardia because we are afraid, but the feeling of fear is the conscious emotional experience caused by the tachycardia " - says Gaetano Valenca , professor of bioengineering at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa .

To verify this theory, I used complex mathematical models that analyzed electrocardiographic and electroencephalographic signals in healthy people , while the latter watched videos with very unpleasant or pleasant emotional content . The researchers discovered that in the first seconds , the stimulus modifies the cardiac activity , since the other side stimulates and modulates a specific response of the cerebral cortex . Therefore, a continuous and two-way exchange of information between the heart and the brain underlies the entire conscious experience of emotion , and above all, its intensity .

This is a completely new point of view, if we exclude some theories proposed at the beginning of the last century . Since until now , cardiovascular activity has been seen as a simple metabolic support to the brain , and it was believed that the brain alone was the place where the biological processes responsible for conscious emotional experience took place.

Ky zbulim, mund të ketë pasoja domethënëse në kuptimin e çrregullimeve mendore dhe marrëdhëniet e tyre me shëndetin fizik, dhe të shpjegojë se përse njerëzit me çrregullime si depresioni, janë më të rrezikuar preken nga sëmundje të zemrës ose anasjelltas, tek subjektet me probleme kardiake, ka një rritje të ankthit dhe depresionit”shprehet Klaudio Xhentiliof the Department of General Psychology and the Center for Clinical Psychological Services of the University of Padua .

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