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Rorschach audio test

Hear the inkblot
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A patient wearing headphones in a quiet and comfortable ambience will be exposed to several audio tracks instead inkblot cards.

The audio tracks could be loops of confuse and inespecific sounds; may be reversed audio. Some resemblance with voices, familiar sounds, crash noises , screams ,breath, etc. could be starting points.

The listener must give the analyst, impressions about the hearing; just like a standard Rorschach test.

In early stages, a good amount of sounds and volunteers would be required to validate the test against well known techniques, in order to get a standard for this novel technique.

piluso, Nov 12 2012

Can-Hear-Music-In-My-Head http://www.experien...c-In-My-Head/386054
... When listening to noise [csea, Nov 12 2012]

Auditory Pareidolia http://hallucinatio...auditory_pareidolia
Technical term for the phenomena of detecting patterns in noise [csea, Nov 12 2012, last modified Nov 18 2012]

By the way I'm alive http://www.youtube....watch?v=5BwUbU46dt8
[pashute, Nov 13 2012]


       I once thought I heard pianos playing in a cafeteria where the chair legs scraped against the tiled floor. What medicine should I be taking?
PainOCommonSense, Nov 12 2012

       Welcome to the Halfbakery, [piluso].
normzone, Nov 12 2012

       This seems like a great idea. Makes a lot of sense.
phundug, Nov 12 2012

       I think this is brilliant. I'm not sure of its (or the visual Rorschatz's) diagnostic utility, but the whole idea of "half-heard sounds" and their ability to provoke imaginative responses is interesting.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 12 2012

       "Don't remember that inkblot ... or that one ... no ... no ... no ... oh, yes, now that one rings a bell ..."   


       // crash noises , screams ,breath, //   

       If those are "familiar noises" to you, that's definitely a matter for concern.
8th of 7, Nov 12 2012

       After technology improves, we can do this with smells too.
phundug, Nov 12 2012

       This would probably work best if the "confuse(d) and inspecific sounds" were variants on pink noise. See [link] for various testimonials.
csea, Nov 12 2012

       Sounds like a really good idea to me!
pocmloc, Nov 12 2012

       + I like this a lot. I hear you are new to the hb but don't get used to any comforable ambience here.
xandram, Nov 12 2012

       I managed to recall the term I was searching for (probably assisted by the random noise of the HB): auditory pareidolia [link]. Some references indicate that it may be most easily observed using a single headphone monotically (one ear only.)
csea, Nov 12 2012


       // + I like this a lot. //   

       Sp. "I like this a lot. [+]"   

       No RPN here …   

       // I hear you are new to the hb //   

       Sp. "I see you are new to the hb", unless you're using speech synthesis on your terminal device?   

       // but don't get used to any comforable //   

       "comforable" ? As in "Something that makes the place somehwere you want to come to" ?   

       // ambience here //   

       Sp. "ambivalence" ?   


       // monotically (one ear only) //   

       <obligatory V. Van Gogh reference>   

       Oh, and welcome to the HB too.
8th of 7, Nov 12 2012

       Catching roaches while testing an Audi? Sounds good.   

pashute, Nov 12 2012

       Great start [+]
xenzag, Nov 12 2012

       Welcome to the Halfbakery. Very interesting concept. [+]   

       My personal experience is that we tend to try and pick out and identify the source of nearly every sound we hear, to a far greater degree than with visual media. It seems very difficult to be cognizant of a sound on its own, without tying it to some identifiable object that is making the sound. Thus, sounds we can hear but not identify are very disconcerting.   

       Almost certainly, then, subjects will primarily attempt to describe the sound, rather than the feeling it evokes. Of course, they're tied to each other—a person who perceives a sound as “violent” is more likely to identify the source of the sound as something violent. But I wonder if there's some benefit to asking people NOT to try and identify the sounds, but rather to say describe how the sound makes them feel or what it makes them think about. I wonder if that's even possible for people to do.   

       I also would be very interested in the difference in responses given by blind people—particularly those who are blind from birth, and so never had the same focus on the visual world as the sighted.
ytk, Nov 12 2012

       I found myself trying to identify what material was used in a sound in a television commercial meant to convey an impact. I don't think a cardboard box was struck, but maybe it was a fabric covered container.   

       I also am prone to doing this when I am prone, or supine, at night when woken by sounds outdoors. Being cursed with excellent hearing doesn't help any.
normzone, Nov 12 2012

       Thanks for the welcome :-) As curiosity; the first insight of this was long time ago; when a lot of people did say to hear subliminal,even satanic, messages in vynil records played in reverse by hand. At digital age, the songs are easily reversed, and nobody hear those messages anymore; so all was pure suggestion. From there to Rorschach is just a little step.
piluso, Nov 13 2012

       TED have a talk about finding out hackers by listening to the data.   

       I was working with a genius at IBM who was able to identify the bugs in my Audio processing code, by listening to the results. There would be a slight hiss somewhere in the recording. "Ah, you forgot to align the numbers in the third parameter on line 493."   

       Somebody told me the "Paul is Dead" record was put out by the Beatles themselves in order to advance their records sales, but now I read the history of the hoax on wikipedia, and it seems it was not so.
pashute, Nov 13 2012

       for [8th]
I meant to say //hear// as it's an audio idea.
I misspelled comfortable which I will leave as a sign of my bad spelling.
I can use the + in anyway I want, as there are no rules about that.
Put a cat in your pedants.
xandram, Nov 13 2012

       <Darth Vader>   

       "Apology accepted, [xandram]"   

       </Darth Vader>
8th of 7, Nov 13 2012

       hehe!! you are cute!
xandram, Nov 14 2012

       Dr: "Ok, tell me what you hear."   

       Patient: "Hmm. That's a recording of people having sex."   

       Dr: "And this?"   

       Patient: "More people having sex."   

       Dr: "This?"   

       Patient: "Sex."   

       Dr: "You certainly seem obsessed with sex."   

       Patient: "Me? You're the one playing all the dirty audio recordings."   

       (Updated for the 3 people out there who haven't heard the inkblot version)   

       But seriously, (not that that was funny,) this is a very clever idea. I'm thinking you could get a lot more insight into people's psyche with this than with the ink blot test.   

       You know what might be interesting? Have them listen to instrumental music and write what they envision.
doctorremulac3, Nov 16 2012

       Audio psychotherapists exist. Audio psycho the rapist sexist. //It all means something.//   

       Great first post [piluso]. + I mean [+]!
AusCan531, Nov 17 2012

       This is spot on halfbakeryness. Way to go. Sometimes the very first ideas are the best. Enjoy. +
blissmiss, Nov 17 2012

       Been giving a lot of thought to synesthesia lately.
The auditory aspects of it deserve more study. (+)

       Welcome eh.   

       //there should be compulsory beards, pipes and Austrian accents for psychiatrists//   

       Agreed. Even for the women.
doctorremulac3, Nov 18 2012

       [+] huh! good one, newbie.   

       <cynically awaits [piluso]s next post: "Energy-Creating Exercise Bicycle With Song Creating Rumblestrips">
FlyingToaster, Nov 18 2012

       //inespecific// "non-specific".
FlyingToaster, Nov 18 2012

       + have you ever read "misheard lyric"?   

       Many of them are amazingly comical until you start reading the misheard lyrics that you, yourself believed were the actual lyrics.
Zimmy, Nov 29 2012

       WTAGIPBAN [+]
pertinax, Nov 29 2012

       {audible *ding* as two-and-a-halfth croissant pops up}
pertinax, Nov 29 2012


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