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Do You Only Experience Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Surprise, Fear and Disgust? Not Anymore! Researchers Discover 27 Different States of Human Emotions

The study has revealed that there are smooth gradients of emotion between, say, awe and peacefulness, horror and sadness, and amusement and adoration

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According to the study, there are not just 6 but 27 different human emotions. They have also found gradients between these 27 different emotions. Pixabay
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Berkeley, September 11, 2017 : A new study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Using statistical models to analyse the responses of 853 men and women, who are demographically diverse, to 2,185 emotionally evocative video clips, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have identified 27 distinct categories of emotion and created a multidimensional map to show how they are connected.

According to the study published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, there are smooth gradients of emotion between, for instance, awe and peacefulness, horror and sadness, and amusement and adoration.

“We don’t get finite clusters of emotions in the map because everything is interconnected,” Xinhua quoted lead author Alan Cowen as saying.

The results showed that study participants generally shared the same or similar emotional responses to the videos shown to them, providing a wealth of data that allowed the researchers to identify 27 distinct categories of emotion.

Through statistical modelling and visualisation techniques, the researchers organised the emotional responses to each video into a semantic atlas of human emotions.

“We found that 27 distinct dimensions, not six, were necessary to account for the way hundreds of people reliably reported feeling in response to each video,” said study senior author Dacher Keltner. (IANS)

 

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Happiness Lies in Green Localities

Mental health data showed that the people who moved to greener locations were a happier lot

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Happiness Lies in Green Localities
Happiness Lies in Green Localities. Pixabay

Is there a direct link between greenery and happiness? New research says there is.

To figure out if nature makes people feel better in the long run, scientists in Britain compared the mental health of hundreds of people who went from an urban area to a greener one with those who moved in the opposite direction.

Mental health data showed that the people who moved to greener locations were a happier lot.

“Moving to greener urban areas was associated with sustained mental health improvements, suggesting that environmental policies to increase urban green space may have sustainable public health benefits,” said Mathew P. White, lead author of the research.

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Mental well-being is a major public health issue across the world, with unipolar depressive disorder being the leading cause of disability in middle to high-income countries, said the study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Britain’s leading research and training agency addressing economic and social concerns.

Part of the blame for this unhappiness lies in increased urbanisation – nearly 80 percent of the world’s population in more developed regions live in city environments, which tend to have little room for nature, said the study appeared in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. (IANS)

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