Emotion: Biological Bases

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The autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates bodily functions, such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. This system is the primary mechanism in control of the fight-or-flight response.

Earlier studies have already linked the brain reward system to our experience of others’ facial beauty. In these studies, scientists scanned the participants’ brain while they were looking at pictures of faces. The researchers showed that passive viewing of beautiful faces increases activity in the reward system.

When we see a nice selfie, we feel good.

When you see/hold/touch/feel something beautiful the beauty of what you are viewing is entertaining your mind. And what you are feeling is, quite simply, pleasure. (1) We feel a heightened state of pleasure because we are acknowledging effort.

Symptoms of autonomic dysfunction

  • dizziness and fainting upon standing up, or orthostatic hypotension.
  • an inability to alter heart rate with exercise, or exercise intolerance.
  • sweating abnormalities, which could alternate between sweating too much and not sweating enough.

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