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How Are the Senses Related to Emotional States?

Research has shown that anxiety in men can result in an increased ability to detect odors — even faint odors. Other research subjects' sense of taste has been heightened when a viscerally disgusting scenario was described to them, although the same reaction did not occur when they were presented with a scenario involving them being cheated out of money. There also is evidence that, like anxiety, rage can result in the sharpening of some physical senses and reduce a person's ability to feel pain.

More about the the senses:

  • A woman's sense of smell can rise with elevated estrogen levels. When estrogen levels drop, so can a woman's ability to detect odors.

  • Some people suffer from ofactory hallucinations, in which they smell things to which they aren't actually being exposed.

  • People who are suffering from depression might experience increased body aches and pains.

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