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Categories: Biology   |   Health   |   Psychology   |   Science  
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It turns out that your heart does a lot more than just pump blood. Check out this video to see how it can actually affect your emotions.

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How Your Heartbeat May Trick Your Senses
"The brain masks the sensation of the heart in a delicate balancing act-we need to be able to feel our pulse racing occasionally as an important signal of fear or excitement, but most of the time the constant rhythm would be distracting or maddening. A growing body of research suggests that because of the way the brain compensates for our heartbeat, it may be vulnerable to perceptual illusions-if they are timed just right."

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