Touch and Sound reflection

TOUCH

1. The body language of touch (multi-cultural perspective)

This article is about the importance of touch (like hugging or touching someone’s arm) in different cultures and in everyday life situations, explaining how contact with a person generally improves the relationship (when appropriate). Touch represents Trust. My question is: should we accept different elements of another culture even if they don’t fit with what we know?

2. 10 psychological effects of nonsexual touch

Here are different situations a physical contact can help you in: money, sell a car, compliance… And how, knowing this, we can use it as an efficient tool. But on the contrary, doesn’t being rational about it cancel the properties a touch can have?

3. Art Installation – Marrying the best fairy tale kiss

This short video presents an ‘exhibition’ in Ukraine reproducing the fairy tale kiss. Women lie down waiting for their prince to come and kiss them; if they open their eyes, a contract forces them to get married. Is there anything that proves that fairy tales exist or are based on true stories?

4. Touch illusions

This article gives examples that we might have seen before, in which the brain is tricked to perceive touch when there is none. Question: If we can fake perception for touch and sight, can we also fake it for other senses? Sound? Smell? Taste?

5. Gene tweak opens sensory black box

Presenting scientific researches to better understand the complexity and mystery of touch, using biology and new technology.  By decomposing perception and creating a ‘brain map’ of touch, will we be able to understand, for example, the chemistry of physical attraction?

6. Video – 4D

More developed than 3D, 4D now suggest to see movies in different ways: not only see it, but also perceive it with our other senses, in particular touch. How aware of reality will we be once all our senses will describe a situation that is created to ‘trick’ us?

SOUND

1. How does sound affect our creativity?

The research program that was described here studied the effect of our environment on creativity and what small things we can do to improve it knowing that sound, for example, affects us. Will what we listen to just boost our creativity, or also shape and influence what we create?

2. Beethoven’s deafness influenced his music

In the first part of the article we are given the detailks of how Beethoven became deaf; apparently he would compose first with the notes he was able to hear; then when completely deaf, he would exclusively compose with his inner ear, imagining the music in his head. Is such a talent like Beethoven’s a gift, is it genetic, or is it only hard work and practice?

3. Does sound influence taste?

This is an experiment that was made to confirm that sound influenced taste – so much so that depending on that sound chips made, subjects thought identical chips came from a different brand. Generally, the crispier a food sounds the more we like it. To what extent does the taste of a product come from the product itself? How much of it is impacted by our other senses?

4. The medium is the message

The idea here is that what matters is not necessarily what we hear but the way, the context we hear it in. How can this be used in a concert or a music show to augment the satisfaction level of the audience?

5. The cocktail party effect

The article deals with our ability to shut our brain down when we want to isolate ourselves, independently of the noise around us. Does this mean that we can apply eastern style of meditation anywhere?

6. The world’s largest natural sound archive

The links quickly send you to a library of sounds that have been digitalized. My question is: Is a sound ‘complete’ if it is modified/digitalized/not in its original context? The question is also applicable to tools such as voice changers in live concerts.

CURATION

Dating with science – is also an article about how touch can make a person like you more, more precisely when dating for example. But if we can explain it, don’t we take away the ‘magic touch’? Again I am afraid that we are trying to research too deeply in this mystery of nature that is attraction.

Project proposal

I want to work on the colors of the skin, the meaning and the history of it – I was thinking of doing a video. It would address psychology and especially sociology and relate to emotion, reason, perception of the others. I would focus on the question: To what extent does the color of our skin determine who we are?

About augmented reality

I wish I could be absolutely certain it only brings positive aspects – but there are so many things about augmented reality that worry me. They say it’s hard to accept change; maybe it’s just that. But what if not?

I am worried that with augmented reality we lose the true nature of things. Visiting the Grand Canyon for the first time or looking up at the sky when you’re camping isn’t going to feel the way it feels – like we’re ridiculously, insignificantly small – but with all the info we’ll drown in what we perceive as knowledge and we’ll look up at what we see, forgetting how we see it.

I am worried that it will soon become an obligation to be augmented. Perhaps not a physical obligation, but a social obligation more like phones are. And that if you decide to slip out of this control system you’ll be seen as an outsider.

I am worried about the control system in question.

I am worried that eventually we’ll lose what appears to me like the magic of not knowing. The mystery of how many stars there are in the sky and the pleasure of trying to imagine a funnel cake that your friends are desperately describing.

The future will tell. In the meanwhile I’ll continue wondering and, if not, discovering.

Should we believe in cyberutopia? Check this out:

After AR, would the next logical step be virtual reality? Is it that far away from now?