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Bio Mapping/Emotion Mapping

Updated Monday, 5th August 2013

A revolutionary methodology and tool for visualising people's reactions to the external world.

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Stockport Emotion map Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Bui Mapping/Emotion Mapping Bio Mapping/Emotion Mapping is a project in which participants are invited to "re-explore their local area with the use of a unique device invented by Christian Nold which records the wearer's Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. On their return, a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal. The unique methodology of this project involves working with groups of people to interpret and analyse the data and adding annotating onto these individual emotion tracks. Through this process communal Emotion Maps of lots of people's emotion data are constructed which are packed full of personal observations and highlight the issues that people feel strongly about".

It was initiated by designers & developers and encourages people to participate through research & learning. Bio Mapping/Emotion Mapping is local in orientation and concerned with neighbourhood & community and research, knowledge production & information access.

It was launched in 2004 and is ongoing. Over 2,000 people have been involved.

This page is part of Participation Now, a project that brings together a diverse collection of participatory public engagement initiatives with the aim of supporting exploration, learning and engagement. Explore the collection of initiatives or read more about the project.





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