Larsson investigated why humans developed music. He “asserts that the ability to mimic and imitate things like music and speech is the result of the fact that synchronised group movement quite simply makes it possible to perceive sounds from the surroundings better.” We developed music because of our species need “to deal with the disturbing sounds that are created in connection with locomotion. These sounds can affect our hearing only when we move.
Designers are developing sophisticated methods to collect data from place/product users using mobile phones, but how feasible are these tools? Researchers working with young adults (20 year olds) suggest that to improve response rates among people this age “Reducing the effort required by participants to complete a survey, improving participant engagement in the data collection process, and using participants own handset are all suggestions for improving mobile survey data quality and responses rates.”
Brown and Curhan were curious about the influence of being energized physically on negotiations. They got people’s hearts pumping by asking them to do moderate physical exercise, for example, walk at a rate of 3 mph. This is the usual speed at which people walk when they’re neither rushing nor dawdling. All participants in the Brown and Curhan study were in good physical health. The researchers learned that “When participants had negative prior attitudes toward negotiation, arousal had a detrimental effect on outcomes, whereas when participants had positive pri
The National Sleep Foundation recently released the results of its 2013 International Bedroom Poll. Researchers learned that “Roughly nine out of ten in Mexico (92%), Germany (90%) and the United Kingdom (86%) and three fourths in the United States (78%), and Canada (78%) agree they feel more relaxed if their bedroom has a fresh, pleasant scent. Moreover, the majority of nationalities surveyed (65%-79%) agree they take steps to make sure their bedrooms smell the way they want.” These findings indicate the value of installing high quality HVAC systems in bedroom
New research confirms the important relationship between vision and hearing. As Smith and his team related, “findings depict a marked influence of vision on the neural processing of audition.” So, in everyday language, what you see influences what you think you hear, and when there’s a conflict, the information you collect with your eyes will override what you hear – visual cues prevail.
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Horowitz’s book is an interesting review of how much is really going on around us at any one time. Her book reports on walks she took through a city with “people who have distinctive, individual, expert ways of seeing all the unattended . . . [Horowitz and the person walking] became investigators of the ordinary, considering the block – the street and everything on it – as a living being that could be observed . . .
Researchers are using mobile phones with Android operating systems to collect information about how people feel in various spaces. Palmer, Espenshade, Bartumeus, Chung, Ozgencil, and Li created an app “that documented each person’s location and periodically sent the question, ‘How happy are you?’” Their study is noteworthy because of the innovative way they used mobile phones to study human experience – for information on a similar research methodology see https://researchdesignconnections.com/content/happiness-work-07-12-13. The researchers found that “c
Researchers at McMaster University have conducted research that raises unsetting questions about all conversations conducted via-video, although it specifically focused on employment interviews. Wiesner Sears and Zhang have learned that “using video conferencing for job interviews disadvantages both employers and candidates . . . . In simulated job interviews, candidates who were interviewed by video-conferencing were rated lower by interviewers and were less likely to be recommended for hiring.
People from collectivist cultures respond in consistent ways when desired options are not available.