the sweetness of discomfort

Vink, P. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


After being in cold water a slightly warmer bath (but still cold) could feel comfortable for a while. Sitting on a hard surface in the precondition makes the next seat feel softer and after seeing bright colors the next colors could be experienced different then after being in dark environment. Three examples of characteristics of the human sensors. You will experience these differences yourself being in the lecture. Human sensors are not good in recording absolute values, but better in recording fast small differences. This has influence on how you do research and how you design. New research on the human sensors and how the brain reacts to information coming from the sensors opens new possibilities for research and design. A product and/or system should be seen In its context, in a system and time should be taken into account as well in research and design.
Knowlegde on the sweetness of discomfort could be used. The sweetness of discomfort is that our sensors adapt unconsciously to a slow increase in discomfort and that the phase, after discomfort, could be consciously experienced as comfortable.
Period13 Oct 2021
Event title17th International Conference on Quality in Research
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • comfort
  • discomfort
  • design