This atlas was inspired by a series of conversations between the Dalai Lama and Drs. Paul and Eve Ekman about the science of emotions. With the help of Stamen Design, this tool was created to be a visual journey through the world of emotions. It is based on a survey of 248 leading emotion researchers and their consensus about five universal emotions: enjoyment, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear. The collection of maps is an opportunity to explore the landscape of emotions, where they come from, and the effects they can have.
Dr. Eve Ekman does research and training in the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout, inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital, coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention known as Cultivating Emotional Balance.