Measurement of human sensation for developing sensible textiles

Myungeun Lee, Gilsoo Cho

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Human perceptive faculties consist of 5 senses: visual, auditory, olfactory, taste, and tactile sense. Visual is the most powerful sense for human perception followed by the auditory sense. This article attempts to find the connection between the visual and the auditory senses. In particular, the aim is to convert sound to color based on human perception. Natural sounds were selected as stimuli and analyzed by sound color and psychoacoustic factors. In addition, subjective perception was evaluated, and electroencephalogram (EEG) was measured using psychophysiological methods in 20 participants. From the factor analysis results of subjective responses, 4 factors were determined: Emotion, Action, Atmosphere, and Strength. To convert sounds to colors, a multidimensional scale analysis was performed using the results of the EEG responses. Bird sound was converted to green, wave sound to red, and rain sound to red-purple. The results were presented by textile designs. From these results, the ability of natural sounds to convert to colors was proven, so that the transformed colors can be used to help design textiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-176
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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