Thermography is a technique based-on body temperature that’s applied in many fields like general industry, the building industry & medicine.
Thermography was developed in the USA during the World War II to detect the enemy (night vision).
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The University of Granada researchers, Emilio Gómez Milán & Elvira Salazar López are pioneers in applying thermography in the field of Psychology and they obtained very innovative & interesting results.
Scientists discovered, when a mental effort is made (performing difficult tasks, being interrogated on a particular event or lying) face temperature changes.
When we lie, temperature around our nose raises & a brain element called “insula“ is activated.
The insula is involved in the detection & regulation of body temperature. Therefore, there’s a strong negative correlation between insula activity & temperature increase: the more active the insule (the greater the feeling) the lower the body temperature changes & vice-versa, the researchers state.
The Thermal Footprint of Flamenco
Researchers determined the thermal footprint of aerobic exercise & different dance modalities like ballet.
When a person is dancing flamenco the temperature in their buttocks drops & it increases in their forearms. That’s the thermal footprint of flamenco and each & every dance modality features a specific thermal footprint, professor Salazar explains.
The researchers demonstrated that temperature asymmetries in both side of the body and local temperature changes are related to the physical, mental & emotional status of the subject.
The thermogram is a somatic marker of subjective, or mental states and allows-us see what a person is feeling or thinking, professor Salazar states.
Finally, thermography is beneficial for evaluating emotions (since the face thermal pattern is different) & identifying emotional contagion.
Thermography also can be applied to determine body fat patterns, which is greatly useful in weight loss & training programs.