That Thinking Feeling

What noise does gunge make?

I worked with Mary Spiller and our research intern Jennah Asad to find out what associations people make with gunge of different thicknesses. Yes, that’s right, gunge as in the stuff that features heavily in kids’ TV shows. We got our participants to runt heir hands through gunge mixtures of different thicknesses and asked them which gunge they thought matched best with a variety of different sounds and sights, including dark and light colours and high and low-pitched noises.
This study is useful because it tells us about crossmodal correspondences, the tendency to assume that different things we can sense about an object ‘go together’ better in some ways than others (like a large object ‘goes with’ a low-pitched noise better than a high-pitched noise). Crossmodal correspondences are important because they can give us clues about how our brains glue together all the information coming in from different senses in order to give us a useful idea of what the world is like - and we picked gunge for this project because there wasn’t much known about how sensory information from liquids was used in crossmodal correspondences.

Asad, J., Spiller, M. J., & Jonas, C. (2016). Auditory and Visual Crossmodal Correspondences With Haptically Perceived Liquid Viscosity. Multisensory Research, 29(8), 727-747.