What is sensory regulation and why is health and design related to it? Design thinking through a health lens improves sensory knowledge and design sensibility.
Think of those drinking excessive amounts of coffee or caffeinated beverages. Or those with unusual sleeping habits. Perhaps, extreme energy levels – all time high or extreme lows. These examples touch on a lengthy list of symptoms that signals warning. The brain’s response to sensations seeks its idea of appropriate and efficient. This may not agree with societal or desired standards.
Sensory regulation is the way the brain and nervous system manages sensations. These sensations return as behaviors. Our sense reaction triggers the nervous system to sends millions of recorded and encoded messages to the brain, Touch, smell, taste, vision, hearing, vestibular, proprioceptive, interoceptive systems – each are interpreted with a response outcome. This regulates our state of arousal.
Our body determines the source, degree and significance of input. One impact is our physical ability to navigate. Now, consider the implication of clumsiness within designed surroundings. Uncontrolled environments may become a threat or cause stress. Modulating the body to react to sensations may include controlling elements. For instance where you choose to shop or best lighting at work or home. Choices like these may reduce stress.
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