Heart Can Affect How We Feel Fear

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Apr 09, 2013

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Heart can affect how we feel fear

Human heart is able to influence how the brain responds to a fearful event, a new study has found. Researchers at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in UK found a link between the cycles of a beating heart and the likelihood of someone taking fright.

Tests on healthy volunteers found that they were more likely to feel a sense of fear at the moment when their hearts are contracting and pumping blood around their bodies, compared to when the heartbeat is relaxed. The results suggest that the heart is able to influence how the brain responds to a fearful event, The Independent reported.We demonstrate for the first time that the way in which we process fear is different dependent on when we see fearful images in relation to our heart, said researcher Sarah Garfinkel.



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