Testing Perception

In order to start the real inclusion of users in biokinesis, I have begun to test some of the assumptions that I have had to use in order to move the project forward.  The main issue in terms of the interface is the proposition that it is possible to create a universal understanding whilst employing non-representational visual and haptic feedback.  I was lucky enough to be recommended a TED Talks video of V.S. Ramachandran speaking about on the brain, and specifically synesthesia (Thanks Mimi!).

I have edited the clip down to the pertinent section:


The insight regards the Fusiform Gyrus is essential to my project, and I have intuitively been working in this area.  I decide to test some of these assumptions over a small section of 12 people in order to see how I should proceed in a larger test.



In retrospect, this room setting was probably a little formal, but an issue that I thought may have been troublesome – using design students only – was excellent due to the ability of the subjects to draw without over thinking (!).

The questionnaire read out and talked about the subject’s current feelings, how they would like to feel and and draw (abstract) shapes that express these feelings.  I then played two sections of music: Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Trentemoller’s Serenetti as remixed by James Teej – and asked the subjects to sketch the tracks:


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