ARTICLE 1: 10 Psychological Effects of Nonsexual Touch
Using a variety of studies, the article discusses ten effects that touch can have on participants who are put in various situations.
Has the impression you get from someone who has touched you (in a nonsexual way) changed over the past ten years? Or we more wary and suspicious today?
ARTICLE 2: Sleeping Beauties seek fairytale love
A museum exhibit was set up in the Ukraine featuring real “sleeping beauties” who, after signing a contract, agreed to marry the man whose kiss they opened their eyes to.
What would drive someone to take part in this experiment? How desperate are they?
ARTICLE 3: Dating with science
The article discusses how, specifically in the situation of a date, a touch can have a lot of benefits for the toucher including a phone number.
If touch is so influential, how is it used dangerously in order to take advantage of someone (nonsexually)?
ARTICLE 4: Touch illusions
The article discusses varying touch illusions that are considered strange phenomenons.
How do these illusions work? What is the science behind them?
ARTICLE 5: The Body Language of Touch
We get an overview of the effects touch can have a person, whether it be how willing they are to trust someone or how willing they are to tip them.
Are there ways to train yourself to have better body language so that you can receive the best reaction possible from the person you are addressing?
ARTICLE 6: Hands on Research: The Science of Touch
The article discusses a numerous amount of studies done to show the benefits of touch, to include an experiment looking at women and men being able to differentiate between emotions, one looking at the difference in amount of touching in various countries and several looking at how touch can prove beneficial for patients with diseases or disorders.
How can the use of appropriate touch be implemented into the education system in order to benefit its students?
ARTICLE 1: The Cocktail Party Effect
Discussed here was the human ability to filter out one conversation and focus simply on one that a person is interested in, known as the Cocktail party effect.
Why is it that our brain is wired so that it can only pay attention to one thing at a time?
ARTICLE 2: Environmental Cues that Boost Creativity
Experiments performed by Juliet Zhu and her colleagues reveal that moderate noise level is the most proficient level of sound for stimulating creativity.
Is this knowledge of “best noise level” implemented in songs that are produced?
ARTICLE 3: Make the City Sound Better
A team of sound artists come together to create a taxi which takes in the sounds of the city and produces music, projecting it throughout the streets.
Is there some way to make this taxi concept more interactive for passengers?
ARTICLE 4: Beethoven’s Deafness Influenced His Music
This study, described in the article, examined a connection between Beethoven’s increased deafness and his music and found that as he became increasingly more deaf, his music used more low-pitched noises.
Are there any other possible reasons why his music became more centralized around low-pitched noises?
ARTICLE 5: The Sound of Taste
The article describes a study of how participants were given potato chips to eat and then a sound was played, the higher and crisper the sound, the better the chip was although they were all the same.
Could this sort of realization be implemented into restaurant aura?
ARTICLE 6: The Medium is the Massage
A futuristic thinker dreamt of our world before his time and budding off from his theories, the first mixed tap was created using relative objects to create sounds.
In technical terms, what was necessary to make this tape?
In order to find if certain colors have different perceived weights, and if so what colors were heavier than others, I did an experiment using participants from grades 9 and 10 in high school. The experiment involved 5 small boxes that were all painted different colors: black, blue, red, green and yellow. Each box was filled with screws and measured to be exactly 2 pounds. The aim of the experiment was to see that even though all of the boxes weighed exactly the same weight, was there going to be a difference in the estimated weights of the boxes as a result of their different colors.
25 students took part in the experiment. Each was given one of the boxes and then asked to estimate how much they thought the box weighed. This was done for all five boxes and the results recorded are as shown:
As you can see there are definite variations in the estimated weights for the different colored boxes. Only two students had the same weight estimate for all five boxes. From these results it seems as though green weighed “the heaviest” as it had the greatest amount of estimated pounds after 25 students. Green was then followed by red, black, blue and yellow.
What was expected:
The order the colors were expected to be in were as shown (from heaviest to lightest):
Black is supposedly the heaviest because it is the darkest color. And it is obvious that black is associated with being heavy simply because that is the way it has been used in every sort of visual design ever. However the reason why black was third in my heaviest color countdown may have been because the participants, knowing that black is associated with weight, would have expected it to be heavy and therefore would have paid less attention to its weight, ignoring their natural instinct to perceive black as heavier. I also had several participants who seemed to figure out the aim of the experiment and several who were cautious that it was some sort of trick and in turn, this may have skewed their estimates.
Red is second on the list because it is often associated with much heavier things like, blood, love/romance, fire, as well as appetite. Red is a seemingly “thicker” color, almost choking, and is known to have a more serious tone to it. Therefore, it is no surprise that red is found second on my heaviest color countdown.
Blue, in a similar way to red can be associated with heavier things like the ocean or depression (the blues), but it also can be the color of the sky: a light, happy, natural color. In a way, blue is somewhat of a soft and more merciful color that has an air of freedom to it. Therefore, it is not that big of a surprise that blue is fourth in my countdown.
Now here is where the big surprise comes in at green. Green is expected to be the second lightest color in the group, yet I found it to be estimated as the heaviest. Green, like blue is considered a natural color: the color of grass and the natural plant world around us. It is light and playful, never associated with anything really serious. The only explanation I have as for why green was the heaviest may have been the shade of green I used. It was not really a “light” green, but instead more on the dark side with seemingly less brightness to it. Otherwise, I can’t think of any other explanation as to why green came in at number one.
Finally, it was definitely expected that yellow come in at the lightest color because it is the lightest color out of this group and again is associated with light: the sun, light bulbs, happiness. Anything that involves yellow is never of a serious nature and is always “happy”.
How can this be implemented into real life?
Kayla Knight discusses how color is implemented into visual design:
Jessica Chia suggests ways to lose weight through color:
Vibrational Energy Medicine talks about the concept of color therapy: