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Instigated and named by Austrian neuroscientist Manfred Clynes.


sentics (uncountable)

  1. The study of waveforms of touch, emotion, and music.
    • 1991 Timothy K. Smith "Manfred Clynes Sees A Pattern in Love -- He's Got the Printouts" in The Wall Street Journal, September 24, front page
      Prof. Clynes is a published poet and author of five books. He coined the word "cyborg". He also coined the word "sentics" to describe a new science entirely of his own devising.
    • 2004 Immortality Institute The Scientific Conquest of Death, Libros en Red, ISBN 978-9875611351, page 216
      Time forms, which we call sentic forms, form the vocabulary of our inherent language of emotion communication and generation.
    • 2005 Francesca McCartney, C. Norman Body of Health: The New Science of Intuition Medicine for Energy and Balance, New World Library, ISBN 978-1577314882, page 53-54
      A science called sentics is based on the ability of sound and music to induce different states of consciousness.
    • 2006 Biography of Dr. Manfred Clynes at the Manfred Clynes Instititute of Amity and Emotion Research web site
      Another of his inventions, the sentograph, measures expressive actions of deliberate expressive pressure of a person's finger. When a person has an emotional experience, such as listening to music, his nervous system acts in a characteristic way, demanding expression, and this can be expressed through by finger pressure, measured on the sentograph. The sentograph allowed Dr. Clynes to discover these characteristic emotional shapes. He found that all of humanity seems to share these emotional shapes. They appear to be programmed materially into the way our nervous system is designed. People in widely dispersed, superficially and racially distinct communities had the exact same sentic form for emotions like anger and love. The study of these phenomena became the science of Sentics, a word Dr. Clynes coined and a field he pioneered.
  2. Common affective patterns associated with natural language concepts exploited for tasks such as emotion recognition from text/speech or sentiment analysis.

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