The Weekly Stripe – 11.01.19

We’ve been thinking lately about the concept of ‘attunements’ -- how a mood is something perceptible, something shared and something usually held in common. Today’s links are all about our moods, what they mean for others and for ourselves. 

“Affective presence” refers to the consistent and measurable impact that a given person has on the emotions of others around them. Studies have shown that much of the emotions felt by members of a group are largely determined by the affective presence of peers. 

Blood drawn during periods when the subject experienced more negative moods exhibited signs of higher levels of inflammation.

Positive and negative associations with words can be measured by neuroscientists. A recent study has found that these associations can be made in as little as a few hours. The good news? Positive associations are made much faster than negative ones.

Architects and designers are trying to re-imagine the often visually dull atmosphere of offices in order to positively impact mood and creativity. 

Responsiveness to the moods of those around us is an essential ability of humans. Researchers in the field of affective AI are attempting to endow our technology with the same ability. But what are the limits of technological attunement and to what extent do people want their devices to discern their moods?