Physiology of Emotion

  • Rituparna Barooah


Emotion is a physiological experience with behavioral expression of feelings in response to any sensory information. The behavioral changes include musculoskeletal, autonomic, and endocrine responses. Emotion is an intriguing aspect of human physiology that has been studied from various viewpoints of philosophy, sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, etc. Physiologically, activation of specific structures and areas in the brain has been associated with generation of discrete or generalized emotions. Emotions provide motivation, and drive for action as well as aid in decision making. Therefore regulation of emotion results in rational decision making and help improve relationship with self, society, and environment. Psychosomatic and lifestyle noncommunicable disorders are largely result of unregulated emotional behavior over a long period of time.


Emotion Dimension Behavior Health Regulation Psychosomatic disorder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rituparna Barooah
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  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyNEIGRIHMSShillongIndia

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