Perception of the chilled groceries foodscape, with and without refrigerator doors

The researchers state their worry bluntly:  “The purpose of this paper is to contribute to an understanding of how consumers behave and what they perceive when shopping chilled groceries from cabinets with doors and without doors in the supermarket.” Sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch are all perception tools that help aid the decision making […]

Revolving Doors (re)visited

The clip shows F1 chief exec. Bernie Ecclestone in an albeit brief encounter with ‘purgatory’. Purgatory that is, if you follow the work of Professor Siyaves Azeri, from the Department of Philosophy, Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey, who, in a forthcoming paper for the journal Space and Culture, explains how revolving doors might differ from standard […]

Interpreting automatic door motions

Improbable recently drew attention to the latest research into the (possibly negative) implications of holding a door open for others. But what if the door which is open for you is automatic? As a 2009 article in the International Journal of Design put it: “Automatic doors exemplify the challenges of designing emotionally welcoming interactive systems…“ […]

Holding the door open for others – the darkside?

Back in 2011 Improbable drew attention to the ubiquitous (though at the time somewhat under-investigated) social phenomenon of ‘Door Holding’ see : Etiquette and effort. At the time. a research team from Penn State University, US, proposed that ‘Door Holding’ may have evolved because its perceived effort-saving efficiency might be uplifting for society. (press release […]

Revolving doors – an examination (Laurier #4 of 4)

Improbable has been profiling the work of Dr. Eric Laurier who is a Senior Lecturer in Geography & Interaction, Institute of Geography & the Lived Environment, University of Edinburgh. Dr. Laurier specialises in the study of ordinary life, as that life happens. A new paper is currently being written in association with Alexandra Weilenmann (University of […]

Etiquette and effort

“To the best of our knowledge, this everyday behavior has not been systematically studied before…” The behavior in question is ‘door-holding’, and Joseph Santamaria at Pennsylvania State University and David Rosenbaum, Distinguished Professor of Psychology (also at Penn State) have been investigating this under-studied phenomenon. The team used a digital video camera to record the […]