There's this strange feeling I get with certain people, most often romantic partners who have become very familiar to me. Suddenly I get a very strong sense that they are an entity who is distinct and separate from me, and I feel this very acutely for a few moments at most, until it fades and things feel normal again. Or similarly, I will feel very strongly that they are a different person when we're alone together than when we are in other environments. What's going on, and is there a name for these effects? [more inside]
I'd like to learn why things are designed the way they are. What are some theories that you know of that have a significant effect on the way things are designed? [more inside]
Can we tell the difference between sunrise and sunset by sight alone? [more inside]
According to many others, I look about a decade younger than I am, and this has had the effect of causing me very uncomfortable situations across a lot of contexts. [more inside]
I am an anthropologist-in-training who spends time in living with a community with a strong medicine-man institution. The medicine-men claim to see various sorts of spirits, and often in very casual settings, like during walks in the forest or while sitting in the house. They'll say stuff like, "there's one sitting right there. It's red with hair on top." I want to know - is there a scientifically compelling way to investigate whether they actually "see" spirits? [more inside]
I'm a female, now in my mid-thirties. I'm multi-ethnic and wear glasses. Since my college years people, mostly Caucasian male type people, but sometimes Caucasian females, have trouble perceiving me as female (I was born female and consider myself female). [more inside]
Help a grad student with a very skewed perception of time! How do you train yourself to become more aware of time passing? What mechanisms/tricks have you used successfully to become more timely? [more inside]
Calling all business consultants, designers, life coaches, etc! Have you ever had a client who wanted things to be different (more revenue, a larger client base, a new look for their branding, etc) but was unwilling to make the changes necessary for that to happen? Or had a client involved in a brainstorming process where their rigidity of thinking held up the entire group? [more inside]
I’m interested in the DURR, a simple display-less “watch” that vibrates every 5 minutes to influence your perception of the passing of time. Since DURR is not currently shipping and I already own an iPhone with a clock and a vibrating buzzer, I feel like this should be doable with an app. There’s already a Pebble app so I’m sure it’s not crazy. If this doesn’t currently exist, how hard might it be to write one myself? I’ve compiled things in XCode before but not written my own from-scratch Objective-C, so I’d be approaching this as a newcomer.
Is there actual scientific research behind this oft-cited UI response time => human perception table? Or is it just "conventional wisdom." If not, I'd love to see the original research and know how it was conducted.
Dealing with an SO who thinks "people are stupid." [more inside]
I have always been fascinated by the comment that someone has a "friendly face". But, my question is this: what are the physical traits that make a human face be perceived as "friendly"? Are there any social psychology studies out there that have looked into this issue? What is your own theory on this?
I know that the brain filters things and adds symbolic meaning which makes our perception of reality uniquely subjective, but still I grew up believing that others were seeing more or less the same things I was seeing, which was a fair representation of objective reality. Now I'm starting to question that and wondering what 'normal' is. [more inside]
I have severe synesthesia, and part of it means that I hear what I see. Would this be specifically useful in any professional capacity? [more inside]
Has anyone any experience with having distorted time periods or even days. What I mean by distorted is that my concept of time is really off and if I didn't have a watch on I don't think that I could accurately guestimate ten minutes, let alone hours of time. [more inside]
Speculative Realism: What are the key texts I need to read. [more inside]
Are people significantly more likely to laugh at people who have a reputation as being funny? [more inside]
How would someone who had never heard music perceive the sounds for the first time? What sort of reaction could be expected? [more inside]
Whats up with my vision? I sporadically have a condition I have trouble describing. [more inside]
Perceptions of asymmetrical faces. Does someone you know have an asymmetrical face? [more inside]
Why does my voice sound awesome (to me) only in the morning? [more inside]
Did I actually do anything useful in this car accident? [more inside]
I'm in need of graduate level schooling on psychoacoustics and audio compression on the cheap. What are the latest and/or most used textbooks on these topics? [more inside]
I got some pictures of myself from a recent party and it's depressing me, because I am ugly. Even all prettied up, I'm just not pretty. How do I come to terms with my appearance? [more inside]
Are there major concrete breakpoints in film quality/style over there years? Or are these more to do with the film to video conversion (I watch movies on television). Or are these perceived changes based on my historical memory? [more inside]
We act as if there is an objective reality, so why not assume that there is? I am looking for the philosophical theory that basically states "yah, I know everyone has different perceptions of reality and that our perceptions can deceive us, but most of us believe and act as if there is a shared objective reality (so there probably is one.) Can anyone recommend a simple text/author that might describe this?
William James quote about life coming at us as if fired from a revolver? [more inside]
TipOfMyTongueFilter: What's the term (or terms) for the gap between intention (or perception) and action? [more inside]
What computer games right now have the best graphics? I'm writing a paper on shadow perception, and want to discuss the representation of shadows in graphics. It'd be really nice to get some examples of the state of the art. But I'm not a gamer so I have no idea what this is! Gamer mefites, please hope me...
Suggest books that illuminate world-views and the way perception is flavored by ideas and sentiments! [more inside]
Sacrifice, speech, writing and art: I am interested in the different ways in which a sacrifice, a sacrament, a spoken word and a written word act as signifiers. The notion for instance that the sacrament, at the point of its acceptance, is understood as becoming the signified. What can you tell me / what has been written about the notions of sacrifice and their relationship to speech, art and the technologies of writing? [more inside]
Is there a word for the phenomenon of finding faces in abstract shapes or patterns? (more inside) [more inside]
Help me articulate the concept of how unfamiliarity and familiarity alter perception. [more inside]
What suggestions do you have to help me be more sensuous? [more inside]
Why can't I, and how can I, hear my dad's accent? [more inside]
Tomato question: Did something happen late last Autumn that could have caused low-priced/budget tomatoes in (U.S.) fast-food restaurants and supermarkets to become radically better tasting? My perception of increased quality had a sudden onset, was not chain-specific, not geographically localized, and is shared by a handful of friends. [more inside]
How do you perceive people who wear glasses? Do people who wear glasses notice any difference in how people perceive you when you are wearing them vs. not wearing them? [more inside]
SociologyFilter: "We are living in a society in which our perception is directed almost as often to representations as it is to ‘reality’" (Scott Lash). Any recommended writings on this notion, more recent than Baudrillard and Eco, and preferably with an emphasis on film, will be eagerly devoured.
What color is St. Charles Place in Monopoly? [more inside]
Which way is West? [more inside]
"What science fiction short story is this?" filter. One story about body switching/different perceptions, and another about mindreading. [more inside]
How can you make sure that the way you view yourself is not too far removed from how you're perceived by others? [more inside]
Is there a term for that feeling when you realize someone else notices (or notices in a particular way) something you had never thought of anyone else paying attention to, or viewing similarly? [more inside]
I heard a term somewhere that referred to the modern phenomena of sounds being decoupled from what produces them, in the sense that it's no longer a one-to-one relationship between sound and thing. So whereas previously every time you heard a bark you knew it was a dog, now it could be a TV, a computer, or a robot dog. Likewise, a big professional sound system could sound like almost anything. I think the originator was an academic. I distinctly remembering seeing mention of this on wikipedia once. What was that term? Who coined it?
Do you ever perceive another person's face as being the mirror image of what it "ought" to be? [more inside]
Dear doctors, nurses, undertakers, anatomists, and other professional seers of the secrets of the human body: how does your daily interaction with the inner workings of man affect the way you see your friends and lovers? [more inside]
To what extent can we discern different colours? What of this power is merely relational (a light blue, a lighter blue)? Have studies been done to determine if our "resolution of discernment" (a particular distance in nanometers of which we can differentiate two visual wavelengths with unaided vision)? What's the difference between how we speak of colour, how we conjure it up in its particularity in our imagination, and how we differentiate it through experience? [more inside]
How is it that as you grow older your perception of people's faces as being roughly in your age group grows with it? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a psychological/sociological study on men and women's views of the ideal female body type. [more inside]
In an image like this, does the alignments of the faces affect the viewers' perceptions or opinions of the people, and if so, does this cognitive bias for or against left or right carry over even to images where the faces are the same (Ie: "I think both people on the left side of either image look more trustworthy.")? Does the alignment of a single subject and addition of negative space also have an affect ("The woman in the second image looks meaner.")? I'm not so much asking for a referendum on these particular examples as I am curious about any empirical studies or statistics relating to this topic. Thanks!
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