In a recent article French newspaper Le Figaro mentioned a scientific paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science entitled Bodily maps of our emotions.
It shows how emotions influence the temperature and the activity of various zones in our body.
The paper also explains that these reactions have been tested with groups of different culture and background, and that the results were consistent in all groups.
These results seem to be universal.
It confirmed that positive emotions spread warmth in our body and activates the metabolism while negative emotions seems to detain warmth in smaller perimeters and slow the activity of the metabolism.
What a goldmine for us writers !
Science is providing us with a physical map of our emotions and describing the symptoms both positive and negative.
That makes our researches both easier and wider.
Easier because we literally have a manual of how to describe emotions from an internal point of view. Wider because it opens so many possibilities on a narrative level. What if this discovery was used to spy on people ? What if it was hacked to enforce a lie ?
Here the link to the article published in Le Figaro: http://sante.lefigaro.fr/actualite/2014/01/06/21819-premiere-carte-corporelle-emotions