MAY WE RECOMMEND--
Matters of Comfort
items worth a trip to the library
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
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
-- 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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