Soma}News – May/June

August 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

A round-up of soma-related emotion research and connections to mobile tech, media, crossing senses…

Taste metaphors engage the emotional brain

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Soma}News – March/April – Part 2

May 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Continued round-up of soma-related research and connections to emotion, sound, morality, mind, soul, health and contagions. Plus this edition’s featured lexicon entry: “wu-wei”.

The Sound of Music

The higher the sound in pitch, the higher we perceive it to be in space.

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Soma}News – March/April – Part 1

May 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

A round-up of soma-related emotion research and connections to facial expression, pain management, body in space and technology. Plus two upsides of sadness.

OLED displays show images of eyes that reflect engagement and emotion.

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OZY “Rising Stars” article

May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Soma}News – Jan/Feb 2014

February 28, 2014 § 1 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

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

January 27, 2014 § 4 Comments

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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 § 6 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

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