I thank @bertbertie for this one.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Magnificent. Thank you.
From WSJ in October 2007.
I remember this style of delivery fondly. Always reminds me of visiting Poland as a kid.
But somehow I don’t think it’s a technique that’d go down with the the Digital Human production team.
Vaidhyanathan, S. (2006, Sept). Introduction: Rewiring the “Nation”: The Place of Technology in American Studies. American Quarterly, 58(3): 555-567.
Techno-fundamentalism assumes not only the means and will to triumph over adversity through gadgets and schemes, but the sense that invention is the best of all possible methods of confronting problems.
All very good.
Willander, J. & Larsson, M. (2006). Smell your way back to childhood: Autobiograhical odor memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol13(2): 240-244.
This study addressed age distributions and experiential qualities of autobiographical memories evoked by different sensory cues. Ninety-three older adults were presented with one of three cue types (word, picture, or odor) and were asked to relate any autobiographical event for the given cue. The main aims were to explore whether (1) the age distribution of olfactory-evoked memories differs from memories cued by words and pictures and (2) the experiential qualities of the evoked memories vary over the different cues. The results showed that autobiographical memories triggered by olfactory information were older than memories associated with verbal and visual information. Specifically, most odor-cued memories were located to the first decade of life (<10 years), whereas memories associated with verbal and visual cues peaked in early adulthood (11–20 years). Also, odor-evoked memories were associated with stronger feelings of being brought back in time and had been thought of less often than memories evoked by verbal and visual information. This pattern of findings suggests that odor-evoked memories may be different from other memory experiences. nt|mis|This work was supported by a grant from the Swedish Research Council
An interesting idea:
The device is designed to tag a moment in time with a unique olfactory identifier code – a bespoke smell. Then, when wishing to recall the moment at their leisure, the user of such a device could recreate the unique smell.
We hope to create innovative, edgy, multi-disciplinary programs that highlight the value of scent.
“funded and supported through the Living well with dementia Design Challenge, a competition being run by the Design Council and the Department of Health to rethink life with dementia”