Our Brains Use A Standard Code To Process Emotions
A new Cornell University study reports that the human brain turns emotions into standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses.
Despite how personal our feelings feel, the evidence suggests our brains use a standard code to speak the same emotional language
Researcher Adam Anderson – associate professor of human development – said the following:
We discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotional processing, act as a neural code which captures an individual’s subjective feeling.
If you and I derive similar pleasure from sipping a fine wine or watching the sun set, our results suggest it is because we share similar fine-grained patterns of activity in the orbitofrontal cortex,
It appears that the human brain generates a special code for the entire valence spectrum of pleasant-to-unpleasant, good-to-bad feelings, which can be read like a ‘neural valence meter’ in which the leaning of a population of neurons in one direction equals positive feeling and the leaning in the other direction equals negative feeling