Report of activities [02/28 – 03/07]

While balancing schoolwork and midterms this week, I have not been as productive in collecting information as I hoped I would be. I have managed to research a good amount of information online thus collecting more sources. However I wasn’t able to conduct formal interviews. I did however contact certain people I had in mind. While I got responses from some, I am still waiting on the others. This will be pushed further during the next week in Spring break, where I will begin formal interviews and field research.

1. Pooja Varier, 20, University of Wales (Psychology Major)

A high school friend of mine, Pooja is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Psychology in England. I was hoping she would be able to throw light on some aspect of color psychology or synesthesia. I emailed her asking her if she had learnt anything about the topic before sending her a formal email or setting up a phone interview. She replied saying that one of her lectureures mentioned synesthesia in a module called “Neuropsychology of Vision”. However, they unfortunately did not delve into the topic, and all she had to say was that “its something to do with perceiving stimuli through a different sense than from the sense you are supposed to perceive it from”.

2. Reshma Stafford, 47, Widener University (Psy. D, Clinical Psychology)

An aunt of mine, Reshma Stafford has been studying Clinical Psychology for the past decade, and has even worked at various clinics in the East Coast. Currently pursuing her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology and balancing family life, it is extremely hard to catch her on a day where she has time to talk, even if I just want to keep in touch! I approached her in the same way I did Pooja – I sent her an e-mail explaining my research topic and asked her if she would have substantial information to share. In her reply she said to call her this weekend to discuss it further as she feels she has some information that might be helpful.  While the email was short, I hope the phone conversation will be fruitful.

3. Joanne Pereira, early 30s, Jam Jar

Currently working at the Jam Jar in Dubai, Joanne Pereira taught me art during high school. I have e-mailed her asking her if she knows anything related to color psychology, art therapy or synesthesia. I am still awaiting her reply.

4. I have casually asked my friend’s if they knew anything about the psychology of color and if they are aware of synesthesia, or know anyone who has it. I haven’t got any positive responses yet.

5. Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the Park with George is a 1983 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical was inspired by the painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat. It is a complex work revolving around a fictionalized Seurat immersed in single-minded concentration while painting his masterpiece and the people in that picture.

The movie was mentioned in class last week. So far I have only read about it online. The movie sounds intresting and could perhaps focuses on art and one’s psychology, thus relating to my topic. The movie is available on Amazon, and I plan to watch it the coming week.

6. Ariel Churi, Professor, Parsons the New School for Design

This Wednesday, I will discuss my topic with my design professor to see if he can throw light on the topic, or give me ideas as to how I can go about further researching this.



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