Soma}News – Jan/Feb 2014

February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello! Today I’m kicking off a more newsy approach to the E}V blog reflecting ongoing interests in the overlaps between art/design, science, dataviz and the body. Your comments, shares or suggestions are warmly welcome. 

This Finnish research project about the body and self-reported emotions was the main interest in January. See my review here.

Selfie City

Dataviz – QS – Visual Research

  • Selfie City investigates the style of self-portraits (selfies) in five cities across the world –  great research and interpretative tools. It’s the tech big brother of the subtly engaging project Portrait Prints Lifted From The Computer Screen: an artist’s response to selfies by creation of one-off photographs exposed from laptop screens.
  • I’m currently testing Nicolas Felton’s Reporter App and liking the design interface.
  • Just found this thesis on the boards of Quantified Self – The Quest for Happiness in Self-Tracking Mobile Technology which preceded the launch of Reporter App by a year. It gives a handy inventory of quantified self apps and happiness measurement scales in the appendices.
  • A new study shows how useful it can be to provide questionnaires to patients in waiting rooms. Different rates of depression and anxiety were found across hospital departments. “This makes effective use of waiting room time, and provides useful, usable information in a format which is easy for non-mental health professionals to interpret and act upon,” the authors note.

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“Bodily Map of Emotions” – Research paper (Nummenmaa, Glerean, Hari, Hietanen)

January 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

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A team of Finnish researchers Nummenmaa, Glerean, Hari, Hietanen recently published a paper “Bodily Map of Emotions”. It outlines how people describe their emotion related body sensations. This blog post responds to the work in the context of it’s own research ‘Emotionally}Vague, (video presentation here). « Read the rest of this entry »

Measuring Love in an fMRI Scanner

January 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A charming film from Aeon Magazine – five ‘competing’ individuals generate feelings of love in an fMRI scanner at Stanford. Watch film here.

Art and Illness Symposium: What does illness feel like?

January 16, 2013 § 4 Comments

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For the vast majority of us, illness is where life and death meet. It’s a guarantee that even if we ourselves don’t get seriously sick soon one of our loved ones will. Knowing a little of what to expect and trying to imagine that will prepare us and help us be more compassionate if our mother, say, screams random obscenities at us. Or we ourselves might find strength knowing that this indescribable agony is shared with countless others. I know it did for me. I hope this post may be of some value to even one person who may feel confused or misunderstood right now. The speakers gave so much of their time to the symposium (more here) that I hope to do a little justice to them here. « Read the rest of this entry »

What I learned from ‘The Experience of Illness: Learning from the Arts – a Symposium’ at University College Cork, 2012.

January 4, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Roundtable Discussion

The reductionist methods of science, so well taught to physicians, need to be linked with an imaginative investigation of our patients’ experience.– David H Alpers

Without exception, everyone’s lives are somehow or other effected by illness. It is a pressing concern to develop understanding of, and therefore empathy for the ill, which leads to better care. Empathy involves being able to put oneself in another’s shoes and to actively imagine their experience. To do so we must understand the experience in detail. However, the ill have greatly reduced verbal capacities and verbal language cannot fully describe pain and experience. So communication methods must go beyond words to better describe experience. « Read the rest of this entry »

Cultural Depictions of Meloncholy

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Frontispiece to original edition of The Anatomy of Meloncholy « Read the rest of this entry »

Generative Art – A Primer

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Other introductions from PBS here:

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