Touch and Sound Article

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TOUCH:

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1. A Touch of Understanding: Gene Tweak Opens Sensory Black Box by Dave Mosher discussed how scientists were unable to explain how the brain processes the nerve ending signals but with the help of engineered mice, they have been able to track three different LTMR’s which have concluded to the discovery of a layering pattern that resembles neurons in the cerebral cortex (responsible for consciousness, memory and attention). How far is too far for the sake of science when scientists are modifying animal genes to discover detailed processes of the human body?

2. Sleeping beauties seek fairytale love at Ukraine art installation by The Telegraph covers a story about women who volunteered at the National Art Museum of Ukraine to sleep for three days and if awoken by a volunteered man’s kiss, is contractually obliged to tie the knot. In what ways has pop culture and fairytales shaped the way we perceive our senses?

3. The Body Language of Touch by Joe Navarro explains how touching someone can demonstrate warmth and send a message of being harmless in different cultures such as Latin America and their way of abrazo (a brief hug). In what way can we progress in life through improving our senses?

4. Hand On Research: The Science of Touch by Dacher Keltner suggests that there are emotional and physical health benefits from touch proven by experiments which show animals growing up calmer and more prone to healthy relationships. In what ways has medicine expanded because of our increase of knowledge on the senses?

5. The Cutting Edge of Haptics by Duncan Graham-Rowe presents new technology that stimulates touch as a shape, texture or sensation which is a way to improve the perceptual quality of rending surfaces. How will improving the perceptual quality of touch improving the quality of life?

6. Kissing device lets you send a long-distance smooch by Paul Marks analyzing a new messaging device that lets users send kisses wirelessly to another through pressure sensors that mirror images of the pressure patterns you create. How far is too far with inventions  dehumanizing the sense?

SOUND:

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1. Environmental Cues That Boost Creativity by Sam McNerey explains a set of experiments from Juliet Zhu at UBC and  how various levels of sound affect creativity in which they discovered that moderate noise condition generated more correct answers that those in low noise high noise or control conditions. How much should we rely on science for creativity and art?

2. Make The City Sound Better  is a campaign that has created a Sound Taxi that records surrounding noises in the city and analyzes the frequencies to generate a more appealing music to create a better sounding city. How much of life should be altered in a fantasy?

3. The Soundrum  website explains how harmonic synthesis is the construction of sound waves for example electronic music synthesizers use a series of harmonics to be adjusted to fit the most pleasant instrument’s waveform. How does the physics of sound help musicians master their art?

4. Beethoven’s Deafness May Have Influenced his Music Throughout The Years: Study by The Huffington Post talks about how Beethoven’s compositions seemed to have influenced the worsening deafness with age due to severe tinnitus, a ringing noise int he ear. When do we know to stop doing things we love because they are internally damaging us?

5. The Sound of Taste by Jamie Hale reflects how sound affects the way we taste which was proven by an experiment done which resulted in the brighter and louder the sounds heard, the fresher and crisper the food (chips in specific) tasted. How can we use our understanding of sound and taste to modify consumer products?

6. Opsound is a website that proposes an experiment in applying the model of free software to music and listeners can download, share and remix added music with a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. How does our sense of sound bring us as a society closer together?

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