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  • 1. Directed Research Wenkang Kan Prof. Tom Klinkowstein
  • 2. HypothesisThis thesis presents the hypothesis that sensory input and output (touch) when applied to shortform text based-media, may lead to an increased efficiency of messaging especially for those withsocial anxiety disorders.In contrast to text, image and video input, which require more upper brain (rational) processing,touch more directly engages the lower (faster) brain, leading to superior information processing.Such a hypothesis could lead to the adoption of short form messaging as a therapy for disordersassociated with Social phobia, Attention deficit disorder and Communication apprehension.
  • 3. Research Outline
  • 4. 1. Introduction / Overview Thesis statement A. Importance of short form media B. Social anxiety disorders C. Connection between A and B2. Sensory systems What’s the “primitive” input and output systems? Which one is the most useful one? A. touch B. visual C. smell D. hearing E. taste Why? Comparing with B/C/D/E
  • 5. 3. Upper and Lower Brain upper brain A. What’s the upper brain? B. Purpose C. Advantages / Disadvantages lOWER brain A. What’s the lower brain? B. Purpose C. Advantages / Disadvantages
  • 6. 4. Social Anxiety disorders A. Social phobia B. Attention deficit disorder C. Communication apprehension5. Conclusion and Further Questions
  • 7. References“Webmd. Mental Health: Social Anxiety Disorder”. Retrieved 2010-04-14.a b c d e Furmark, Thomas. Social Phobia – From Epidemiology to Brain Function. Retrieved February21, 2006John Krantz. Experiencing Sensation and Perception. “Chapter 1: What is Sensation and Perception?” pp.1.6[1] Retrieved May 25, 2012Kolb & Whishaw: Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (2003)Robles-De-La-Torre G. The Importance of the Sense of Touch in Virtual and Real Environments. IEEEMultimedia 13(3), Special issue on Haptic NO User Interfaces for Multimedia Systems, pp. 24–30 (2006).Robles-De-La-Torre G., Hayward V. Force Can Overcome Object Geometry In the perception of ShapeThrough ActiveTouch. Nature 412 (6845):445-8 (2001).“Primitive Thinking Is Alive.” San Francisco Examiner. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2012.“PSY 2012: Unit 2: Upper and Lower Brain Together.” PSY 2012: Unit 2: Upper and Lower Brain Together.N.p., n.d. Web. 11 July 2012. <>.Biederman J (1998). “Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a life-span perspective”. The Journal ofClinical Psychiatry 59 Suppl 7: 4–16.Holbrook, Hilary Taylor. “Communication Apprehension: The Quiet Student in Your Classroom”. ERICDigest. 1987. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication skills Urbana IL. November 2, 2008
  • 8. Thank you