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dc.contributor.supervisorGrant, Jane
dc.contributor.authorMaranan, Diego Silang
dc.contributor.otherFaculty of Arts and Humanitiesen_US
dc.descriptionPortions of chapters 2 and 4 have been previously published in the following article: Maranan, D. S. (2015). Speculative somatics. Technoetic Arts, 13(3), 291–300. This thesis expands on the material presented in the publication. This study was carried out in collaboration with industry partner Kin (UK).en_US

How can vibrotactile stimuli be used to create a technology-mediated somatic learning experience? This question motivates this practice-based research, which explores how the Feldenkrais Method and cognate neuroscience research can be applied to technology design. Supported by somaesthetic philosophy, soma-based design theories, and a critical acknowledgement of the socially-inflected body, the research develops a systematic method grounded in first- and third-person accounts of embodied experience to inform the creation and evaluation of design of Haplós, a wearable, user-customisable, remote-controlled technology that plays methodically composed vibrotactile patterns on the skin in order to facilitate body awareness—the major outcome of this research and a significant contribution to soma-based creative work. The research also contributes to design theory and somatic practice by developing the notion of a somatic learning affordance, which emerged during course of the research and which describes the capacity of a material object to facilitate somatic learning. Two interdisciplinary collaborations involving Haplós contribute to additional fields and disciplines. In partnership with experimental psychologists, Haplós was used in a randomised controlled study that contributes to cognitive psychology by showing that vibrotactile compositions can reduce, with statistical significance, intrusive food-related thoughts. Haplós was also used in Bisensorial, an award-winning, collaboratively developed proof-of-concept of a neuroadaptive vibroacoustic therapeutic device that uses music and vibrotactile stimuli to induce desired mental states. Finally, this research contributes to cognitive science and embodied philosophy by advancing a neuroscientific understanding of vibrotactile somaesthetics, a novel extension of somaesthetic philosophy.

dc.publisherUniversity of Plymouth
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectsoma-based designen_US
dc.subjecttransdisciplinary researchen_US
dc.subjectinterdisciplinary researchen_US
dc.subjectembodied cognitionen_US
dc.subjectcognitive scienceen_US
dc.subjectfeldenkrais methoden_US
dc.subjectwearable computingen_US
dc.subjectwearable technologyen_US
dc.subjectbody awarenessen_US
dc.subjectbody learningen_US
dc.subjectvibroacoustic therapyen_US
dc.subjectsomatic learningen_US
dc.titleHaplós: Towards Technologies for and Applications of Somaestheticsen_US
dc.rights.embargoperiod12 monthsen_US
rioxxterms.funderSeventh Framework Programmeen_US

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