The Psy-Son project is based on the concept of a sound envelope, questions the effectiveness of a temporal and sound space in the nursing care of "crisis" states of patients hospitalized in psychiatry, and seeks to investigate and develop a multimodal and multi-sensory sound and music listening device for anxiety regulation. The project is structured into four distinct research-action axes: the form of the mobile and spatial devices promoting qualitative and multi-sensorial sound and music listening; the sound and music content embodying the adequacy with the emotional states of the patient; the control interface of the device proposing alternatives to the screen to promote multi-sensorial perception; the scenarios of use and implementation, allowing the evaluation of the device from the perspective of both the caregiver and the patient.
IRCAM’s contribution to the project focuses on the issues of content and of a mediation interface, which are embodied in the concept of the musico-nursing encounter. This is a dialogue, or a series of dialogues, between the caregiver and the patient which aims, firstly, to determine together the musical and sound profile - the sensory biography - of the patient, and secondly, to propose to the patient a musical and sound offer (playlist) in adequacy with his state and able to reduce his level of anxiety, at the desired moment. The understanding, the conception and the personalization of the sound and musical universe of the patient for therapeutic purposes constitute one of the cornerstones of the Psy-Son project, represent a genuine research challenge in sound design applied to the medical and clinical world, and rely on the crossed competences in the fields of sound sciences and technologies and those of care and therapy.
IRCAM's Team : Sound Perception and Design