Rosenblum and Gordon review exotic perceptual skills such as “our ability to echolocate like bats; to scent-track like dogs; and to improve our brain’s touch skills to compensate for temporary visual deprivation.” Their concluding comments indicate how rich and integrated our various sensory modalities are: “The human perceptual world is rich with information and the perceptual abilities to explore that information. Humans are visually dominant creatures; vision is principal in our phenomenology and the appropriation of the neural cortex associated with v
This work is a classic because its discussion of the visceral experience of environments is simultaneously thorough, philosophical, and lyrical.
The projects in this book are a rich sensory mélange and reflect the range of design options now available to innovatively incorporate light, color, and sound into user experience.
How can experiences be more intense?
Frankel and Bar-Haim, who are associated with Tel Aviv University, learned that the sensory systems of anxious people are not hyper-vigilant as previously believed, but instead not as alert as those in the non-anxious.
Whether we feel powerless or not influences how vigilant we are about our social environment, but what about our physical one?
Kuhbandner and his colleagues have collected additional evidence that emotional state, which can be influenced by design decisions, can influence sensory information stored in memory.
Schwitzgebel neatly distinguishes sensation, or absorbing sensory information from the physical environment, and perception, or interpreting that information.
Forsythe and Sheehy review the literature on beauty.
Research on embodied cognition has generated important insights into how human beings interact with the objects in their world and the places that contain them.