1. Choose 6 articles to peruse for each category (Touch and Sound) -so, a total of 12.
- http://library.thinkquest.org/19537/ Is about the physics of sound and how the physical properties influence how we perceive sound. Question: why are decibles a ratio? Why couldn’t we have thought of some solid number (like all decibles = dB SLP instead of having to deal with dBu and dBv etc.)? Also, why do we hear logarithmically?
- http://www.spring.org.uk/2009/03/the-cocktail-party-effect.php We can only really pay attention to one conversation at a time if we intend to absorb any information. Are you able to hone the skill of conducting more than one conversation? Or must we resign ourselves to “fake it ’til you make it”
- http://www.prx.org/pieces/37234 This piece takes a biological approach to sound. What would it be like to have the hearing of a dog? How would that change where humans are, evolutionary and in regards to society, today?
- http://bigthink.com/insights-of-genius/environmental-cues-that-boost-creativity Many neuroscientist and psychologists are working to understand the relationship between the environment and creativity. How ubiquitous was the idea of a muse and what does that say about the value of music?
- http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/08/07/the-sound-of-taste/ The crispier a food sounds, the more we like it. Is the previous statement too general?
- http://www.npr.org/2012/03/20/149008718/the-medium-is-the-massage-a-kitchen-sink-of-sound “How we consume information influences what we learn from it.” is, in my opinion, a good summery. What does true silence sound like?
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/9494831/Sleeping-beauties-seek-fairytale-love-at-Ukraine-art-installation.html Five modern day sleeping beauty waits to be woken with a kiss–and they must marry the man who’s kiss they wake to. How does a waking to a kiss prove love?
- http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22073-kissing-device-lets-you-send-a-longdistance-smooch.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news EWWWW. Sad people wirelessly send kisses together via faceless egg. WHO WOULD ACTUALLY USE THIS?
- http://www.sparknotes.com/mindhut/2012/03/23/dating-with-science-touch-a-girls-arm-and-she-will-basically-fall-in-love-with-you Touch fosters attraction. Where is the line between unobstructive and obtrusive touch?
- http://www.spring.org.uk/2011/04/10-psychological-effects-of-nonsexual-touch.php Nonsexual touch has the ability to foster compliance, helpfulness, and attraction. How do socio-culteral factors affect our responsiveness to touch? Also, why doesn’t LJA pay for a masseuse?
- http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Touch_illusion In the same way optical illusions exist, we can have our sense of touch fooled. Back in 3-6th grade, people in my class on caf duty (all of us, at some point) were obsessed with this one: “If a person exposes their forearm and closes their eyes or turns their head in the opposite direction while a second person slowly trace a finger from the wrist upward to the crook of the elbow, many people are unable to say when the crease of their elbow is being touched.” and many other touch illusions. Why? And when did we loose interest?
- http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/12/touch-sense-nerve-wiring/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Previous We’re making new strides in understanding the mysterious sense of touch.
I decided to look up the answer to my own question “why doe humans hear logarithmically”. Here is the answer! Question: How do really loud sounds biologically affect the “spaces” allocated for softer sounds?