HotAIR - MAY WE RECOMMEND -- Matters of Comfort


Matters of Comfort

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by Stephen Drew, AIR staff

Ponder, if you please, these three possibly (though not probably!) disquieting research reports about matters of comfort.

All Things Oral

"Texture and Chemical Feeling Descriptors That 6-11 Year Olds and Adults Associate With Food in the Mouth," N. Oram, Journal of Texture Studies, vol. 29, no. 2, May 1998, pp. 185-97. (Thanks to Grenville Rose for bringing this to our attention.) The author reports that:

Subjects judged if 126 food words (e.g., Chewy), 10 nonfood words (e.g., Jump), and 10 nonwords (e.g., Frunp) were used to talk about food in the mouth.... A follow-up study showed that more Grade I children correctly associated Greasy and Tender with hot chips and meat than judged these descriptors to be food-words.

Buckle On Mattresses

"Mattress Evaluation -- Assessment of Contact Pressure, Comfort and Discomfort," P. Buckle and A. Fernandes, Journal of Applied Ergonomics, vol. 29, no. 1, February 1998, pp. 35-9. (Thanks to Brian A. Mellor for briging this to our attention.)

Vegetative Musical Tastes

"Heavy Metal Tolerance in Plants," J Antonovics, A.D. Bradshaw, and R.G. Turner, Advances in Ecological Research, vol. 7, 1971, pp. 1-85. (Thanks to Dave Hubble for bringing this to our attention.)

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