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Lauri Nummenmaa – Introduction

Introductory video of the PI by Academy of Finland (in Finnish, subtitles in English).

Mapping emotions in the body

Coverage of our work on the bodily maps of emotions by American Museum of Natural history. High-resolution version of the original body map may be downloaded here, a Finnish version is available for download here.

Eyes of Terror

Video showing eye movements from 28 viewers watching a scene from the horror movie “The Conjuring 2”. Red disks show gaze position for each viewer, and the heatmap shows the mean focus of gaze, that is, the region where most viewers are currently looking at

Far Beyond The Brain

How can less be more? It’s impossible – more is more! YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is the world’s fastest guitarist, and Emotion Lab’s official honorary philosopher. To bay our tribute to the Swedish guitar wizard, we have measured brain activity from 100 subjects listening to Yngwie’s masterpiece “Far beyond the Sun”. The video below show brain activity while listening to Yngwie shred, as quantified as inter-subject phase coherence.

The Cinematic Brain

Video showing how the brain parses the social world during cinema viewing. You may view the original scientific paper  based one the results here.

Emotions synchronize brains across individuals

Video highlighting main results for Nummenmaa et al (2012 PNAS); shows how brain activity becomes synchronized across inividuals exposed to unpleasant emotional content. Movie (The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola) © Paramount pictures.

Maps of Subjective Feelings

This study mapped the presentation of 100 different feelings in the body.  The figure below shows the mean sensation map for each feeling. A high-resolution version is available for download here. If you wish to translate the figure to another language, there’s a version without the labels available too; click here to download. Lay summary of the study (in English and in Finnish) can be accessed from the links below:

Kokemusmaailman kartta
Cartography of consciousness

The vide below shows animated version of each feeling. The video is CC-licensed and is also available in Finnish, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian. L

Animated bodily maps of emotions

Main figure from Nummenmaa et al 2014 PNAS; shows bodily regions where different emotions are felt in adults.

Seek and Destroy

Both children, adolescents and adults enjoy playing video games although they do not have immediate survival function. This video shows sample gameplay from our study where we demonstrated consistent activity in the brain’s reward circuit while winning in a competitive first-person video game playing.

Animated Human Erogenous Zones

This video (Nummenmaa et al 2016 Arch Sex Behav) reveals topography of human erogenous zones whose touching feels arousing while masturbating or having sex with a partner. The video starts by showing all the erogenous zones, and proceeds towards showing only the most erogenous areas.  Yellow regions have the highest and red regions the lowest capacity for triggering arousal. Regions without overlaid colouring lack erogenous capacity completely.


Bodily maps of emotions 

Topographical organization of human emotions in the body from Nummenmaa et al (2014 PNAS). The data are based on self-reports of 400 adults.


Bodily maps of emotions across child development

Main figure from Hietanen et al (2015 Developmental Science); shows bodily regions where different emotions are felt in children and adolescents.


Human Erogenous Zones

Main figure from Nummenmaa et al 2016 (Arch Sex Behav) shows the topography of human erogenous zones while having sex with a partner and when masturbating. Yellow regions have the highest and red regions the lowest capacity for triggering arousal. Regions without overlaid colouring lack erogenous capacity completely. The data are based on reports from 700 adults.


Social touch zones

Main figure from Suvilehto et al 2015 PNAS; shows bodily regions where different memembers of one’s social networks may touch them.


Obesity and brain

Main results from Karlsson et al (2015 Mol Psych) showing how obesity lowers endogenous opioid system tone, which, however, recovers following weight loss.