Biosensing: A Critical Reflection on Doing Memory Research Through the Body

  • Tess OsborneEmail author


Biosensors, as biologically inspired technologies that quantify bodily response, can be used to infer emotional response. Consequently, biosensing provides an opportunity to move beyond traditional enquiries and investigate experiences at the level of the body. It is well acknowledged that the processes of memory and emotion are deeply entwined at an embodied level. Indeed, memories are emotionally charged and able to stir physiological response. Reflecting upon a recent study using these technologies, this chapter discusses the use of biosensors in memory research by deliberating the ethical and practical considerations of their use. It is argued that the use of biosensors in memory research has the capacity to uncover new knowledges but not whole empirical truths.



Thank you to Jessica Pykett, Phil Jones, and Peter Kraftl for their comments and feedback on this chapter. This work was funded as part of a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council ES/J50001X/1.


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  1. 1.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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