Emotion + Technology: How We are Connected but Alone

“Technology proposes itself as the architect of our intimacies”

Concepts: “The Goldilocks effect” (connection made to measure); “The LifeMix”

“I WANT to have a feeling, therefore I need to send a text”

“I SHARE therefore I AM”

“If we don’t teach our children how to be alone, they will only know how to be lonely”..What happens when we don’t have the “capacity for solitude”?

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Sherry Turkle from MIT describes how the technology that envelopes us keeps us connected but alone. We will be watching and discussing these videos and reading the article as a basis for a Socratic circle with Twitter.

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2012 TedTalk


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COMPANION ARTICLE: “The Flight From Conversation”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Thanks to Logan for finding this:

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SHERRY’s BIO and QUOTES: http://www.ted.com/speakers/sherry_turkle.html 

OR http://www.mit.edu/~sturkle/

CONVERSATIONS about this TEDTALK: http://www.ted.com/conversations/search?type=keyword&term=Sherry+Turkle%3A+Connected%2C+but+alone%3F&submit=Go

Emotionally Vague Project TOK13

Taking our inspiration from the fabulous “Emotionally Vague Project” at http://www.emotionallyvague.com/ the students of TOK 13 respond to the following questions:

1. What things make you feel ANGRY? FEAR? SADNESS? LOVE? JOY?

2. What COLORS do you most associate with the above emotions? (unlike he original data collection, we simply named our colors rather than choosing from color swatches).

RESULTS

Anger

Angeritems_TOK13.pdf
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AngerCloud.pdf
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FEAR

Fearthings_TOk13.pdf
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Fearcolors.pdf
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SADNESS

SadThings_TOK13.pdf
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Sadnesscloud.pdf
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LOVE

Lovethings_TOK13.pdf
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Lovecloud.pdf
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JOY

Joythings_TOk13.pdf
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Joycolors.pdf
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PROM TWEETS

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[View the story “Prom Tweets 2012” on Storify]

Emotion Gallery Project

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QUICK AND DIRTY WIX TUTORIAL (with lots of samples)

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Emotion as a Way of Knowing :INTRO

“We think and name in one world, we live and feel in another” – Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

“Emotion” comes from the Latin “movere”, “to move”. In this unit we will refer to emotions as feelings, moods, and passions. We’ll also touch on intuition. We will be exploring ways in which emotions are a source of knowledge, as well as how they can obstruct knowledge. Finally, we’ll examine the relationship between emotion and reason, and how they both affect our decision-making.

How are you feeling right now? Maybe this will help?

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http://smyface.com/


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Now let’s check out how people around the world (at least the bloggers and microbloggers) are feeling.

http://visual.ly/we-feel-fine?view=true

We Feel Fine scans blog posts for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. This is an approach that was inspired by techniques used in Listening Post, a wonderful project by Ben Rubin andMark Hansen.

Once a sentence containing “I feel” or “I am feeling” is found, the system looks backward to the beginning of the sentence, and forward to the end of the sentence, and then saves the full sentence in a database.

Once saved, the sentence is scanned to see if it includes one of about 5,000 pre-identified “feelings”. This list of valid feelings was constructed by hand, but basically consists of adjectives and some adverbs. The full list of valid feelings, along with the total count of each feeling, and the color assigned to each feeling, ishere.

TRACKING EMOTIONS USING DATA MINING + DATA VIZ

TWITTEROLOGY: A New Science? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opinion/sunday/twitterology-a-new-science.html?_r=1

TWITTER STUDY TRACKS WHEN WE ARE_____ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/30/science/30twitter.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1333739064-ZTQv/a8pL7VyCmCSUSaFOg

WHY WOULD COMPANIES WANT EMOTION-READING SOFTWARE? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14061369

FACE-RECOGNITION SOFTWARE + THEGUARDIAN’s PHOTOS= “Today’s Emotional Breakdown” Infographic http://visual.ly/today%E2%80%99s-emotional-breakdown?view=true

The EMOTIONALLY VAGUE PROJECT: (ANGER/ JOY/ FEAR/ SADNESS/ LOVE)

Process

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Results

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2o Feelings and Situations Everybody Hates: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2012/20-feelings-and-situations-that-everybody-hates/

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What if you were functionally unaware of your emotions? http://www.damninteresting.com/the-emotional-bankruptcy-of-alexithymia/

 

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Is Your Face Giving You Away?

The JAMES-LANGE THEORY (named after the 2 psychologists who came up with it), suggests that emotions are essentially PHYSICAL in nature, closely tied to our bodies, and that bodily changes come before and even cause emotional changes.

– If you remove the physical symptoms of an emotion does the emotion disappear?

– If you mimic the corresponding physical symptoms can you generate an emotion?

– If you talk with someone experiencing a particular emotion, do you yourself unconsciously mimic the physical expressions of his mood, leading to EMPATHY? (we call this “picking up on moods”)

– Can moods then be “infectious”?

However – this theory doesn’t address the role of our minds. Our beliefs can affect our emotions, and our emotions can affect our beliefs!

HOW A MOOD MUSIC MACHINE CAN READ AND HELP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS:

 

Emotion Categorization Links

Contrasting and Categorization of Emotions

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Wikipedia: Emotion (includes theories)

Vocabulary of Emotions (Extensive List)

List of “Feeling” Words (by category)

Emotion and Memory (Wikipedia)

Plutchik Wheel of Emotions

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