Iron Chef Recipe


During our “taste” unit, we learned about the different ways the 5 five senses affect how delicious a meal is. Similar to the TV show, Iron Chef, our task was to choose two ingredients from a list and incorporate them into a dish that displays them as the “main” ingredients.

My two ingredients were Oreo Cookies and Twix Bars.

Behold!~ Feast your eyes on the “Chewy, Crumbly, Chunky Monkey.”



At first, it took quite a long time for me to come up with a recipe since I didn’t want it to be generic, as these were very easy ingredients to incorporate into recipes… I wanted to challenge myself.

I gathered recipes of popular treats that deliciously incorporated twix or oreos, hoping I could find some way to twist and combine to create a new recipe. With the advice of many bakers, I came up with this interesting Twix/Oreo Trifle. The layers from top to bottom include chocolate cake, butterscotch pudding, shortbread cookie crumbs, whipped cream, Oreo cookie crumbs, and topped with more whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel syrup, and a single Oreo cookie. The goal was to create a recipe that stimulated all five of the senses.

Sight: It looked visually appealing.

Smell: There was an aroma of caramel and Oreo cookie.

Sound: The shortbread cookie crumbs were a contrasting crunch to the soft pudding, cake, and whipped cream.

Taste: There were so many different tastes that it was impossible to get “bored” of the dish. Once you started, you just couldn’t stop.

Feel: Obviously you can’t feel the food with your hands, but you can with your tongue. It had a smooth, light texture that was made interesting with the crunchy shortbread cookie crumbs.



ToK Synesthesia Project Proposal

1. What is the overall theme – color or synesthesia? (If synesthesia, what senses are you addressing?)

The overall theme is color.  I will be addressing how one’s physical attraction is enhanced or dulled by the color they are wearing.

2. What Ways of Knowing are you addressing besides Sense Perception? (Reasoning? Emotion? Language?)

Emotion and Reasoning

3. To what Areas of Knowledge does your project relate? (Arts, Psychology/Human Sciences, Maths, Natural Sciences, Ethics, History?)

Psychology / Natural sciences

4. What is it exactly, you plan to do and/or investigate?

I plan on having people take a survey that investigates how they feel about certain colors on the opposite gender. There would be a series of photos of the same woman or man wearing different color shirts, and the participants will be asked to rank on a scale of 1-10 how “attractive” they are. The last question will ask what color they feel is the most attractive for the same as well as opposite gender and why so I can see how the connotations of color affect their reasons for attraction.

5. What is your driving question? (should be open-ended, perhaps starting with “How do we know” or “To what extent”)

To what extent is the physical attraction of a person affected by the color of clothing worn?

6. How is your project inherently about knowledge/knowing?

My project will demonstrate how we know what is “attractive” according to the meaning we associate with colors. 

7. What materials will you need?

Participants, a series of pictures of the same woman or man wearing different colored shirts, pencil, and rating survey.

8. Who could assist you / mentor you on this project?

Ms Burvall

9. How will you present the project to the class?

I will make an infographic displaying my results.

10. Projects are due the Cycle of March 1 – how do you plan to manage the time for this task?

I will utilize the 30 minute lunch time for the next week to hopefully gather at least 10 participants (they may or may not be bribed *ahem* convinced to do the experiment with ice cream sandwiches). 










The above picture is an example of a “bad infographic.” It fails to demonstrate the significance of the differences in percentages and does so in an opposite manner. Below is my remake of the infographic. I used a different graph to show the larger sizes in percentages and made the graphic more appealing in general using “”






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Below is another infographic I made about bullying with statistical information from here.

Breaking Down the Senses Part I: Visual Perception

Richard Seymour, from the Ted Talk “How Beauty Feels,” hints that we consider things beautiful that are “stupefyingly difficult” or even painful to do. Often the most intricate of things are deemed as beautiful because of the immense amount of sheer talent that is needed in order to accomplish a product that is either at or of higher quality. Artworks are one of those commonly regarded as “stupefyingly difficult,” hence beautiful. Not everyone can be an artist as we are not all born with the same amount of skill to do anything. The most detailed art pieces are usually deemed as quite beautiful for the complexity and huge amount of effort that definitely didn’t come easy. It seems that the more one understands the skills needed to create something of that quality, the more beautiful they perceive the product to be.


Personally I feel that pictures like these are very beautiful because I understand the difficulty in taking pictures underwater. I thought this was a marvelous photo done by my favorite underwater photographer, Elena Kalis, for her conceptual “Alice in Wonderland” idea.

Sense Perception

2. CURATE an optical illusion (or more than 1)  you find particularly interesting and post to your blog so we can share them. If you can explain how it works that would be great. **we will be sharing this next class – please ALSO UPLOAD to our G+ community with hashtag #illusion

3.For an hour, I was assigned to keep track of absolutely everything I experienced through one sense (smell). Here is what I smelled for the entire hour from 6:30-7:30 AM.

My fuzzy cotton blanket (Room)

Pineapple Scentsy Freshener Scent (Bathroom)

Banana, Asian Pear, Sweet Bread, Apple (Breakfast)

Minty Toothpaste

Steam from hot water, Green tea

Cotton (clothing)

“Closet Air”

Cotton (clothing)

Cool, crisp, morning air


Car leather

4. After reading Hilary Lawson’s story about a certain man who’s Visual Agnosia changed his life, it really made me question how the world truly is. It’s commonly known that all kinds of living organisms perceive the world differently through their enhanced five senses. Some organisms can see more colors than humans can, or are more sensitive to scents like flies are. It made me wonder if there was an animal or insect that perceived the world the way it truly is. But then again, would that be an opinion since the definition of perception is “the awareness of things through our 5 senses, or the “gates and windows” of the mind, the channels of communication between ourselves and the outside world”? Is there such thing as a “true” reality? What makes sense to one animal in the way they perceive the world, may not make sense to us, but in a way, it’s as if that’s their own separate world because of the way THEY perceived it. In a sense, the world we live in is completely different from an animal’s because of our unique way of perceiving it.

5. Out of the 3 “Theories of Reality” (common sense realism, scientific realism, and phenomenalism), I most adhere to a combination of Phenomenalism and scientific realism, that says that “matter is simply the permanent possibility of sensation, and the world is not independent of our experience of it” and “The world exists as an independent reality, but is very different from the way we perceive it” in their respective order.  Like mentioned earlier, I believe that all species of organisms (and perhaps even individual organisms of the same species) may perceive the “true reality” differently. But nonetheless, it’s perceived in a way that is very unique, which is almost in a way, creating their own reality. The reason I’m caught between two theories is that there are some principles that I do and don’t agree with for both. I do agree with Scientific Realism when it refers to the world existing as an independent reality and being much more different than how we perceive it, but I don’t agree when it claims that the world is actually colorless, soundless, and odorless. As for Phenomenalism, I do believe that matter is simply the permanent possibility of sensation, but I don’t agree that the world is not independent of our experience of it.

6. We are all very good at seeing only what we want to see. Can you give some EXAMPLES of the way in which our BELIEFS, CULTURE, or MOOD affects the way we see things?

We humans are naturally inclined to perceive things the way that we want to perceive them. Beliefs, culture, and mood affect the way we see things on a daily basis. The following are examples of such situations:

Beliefs: Those that believe in a “soul” and that life energy is located in the heart area usually feel pain or stress in their chest when emotionally hurt. For some of those who don’t believe in those things will usually feel emotional pain elsewhere on the body.

Culture: Depending on the culture, certain skin tones are more desirable and perceived as “beautiful.” For example in Asia, society says that fair skinned women are the most attractive. However in America, tan women are.

Mood: Depending if you’re an optimist or pessimist, you may perceive certain people as good or bad based on certain traits. For example, a pessimist may describe a person as being egotistical, while an optimist may describe them as being self-confident.


7. After watching Patty Maes’ TED talk on technology and a “Sixth Sense”, as well as the “Connecting” documentary film, I began foreseeing possible implications for such knowledge/perception enhancers. I’ve always been aware of our generation’s addiction to technology and craving for the “next new gadget,” but of course I’m not exempt from this. As technology advances and becomes more and more convenient, it’s hard not to follow the loop, and frankly it’s very disappointing. We have started to mold with our technology in a way that is unhealthy, slightly obsessive, and almost makes me doubtful of the future that lies ahead. I see toddlers at the age of three years old already using iPads and thinking that everything around them is an integrated touch screen surface. The introduction of such technology at a young age could pose to have many benefits, but with an equal (if not more) disadvantages. In the future, we may become completely dependent on our technology to do every task for us, and as a result, lose track of all of the little things in life we should be grateful for. Activities people would do in the past that required no technology may become obsolete because of everyone’s lack of appreciation towards things other than their technology. It’s quite a scary concept.

8. Find an example of a LOGO or advertisement using the design principles of GESTALT. Identify if it involves SimilarityDissimilarityContinuationClosureProximity, or Figure and Ground.


The Koolau Animal Hospital logo is a great example that utilizes the design principles of GESTALT and involves using the “Figure and Ground” technique.

Design for All Five Senses

I watched a TED Talk titled “Why is Sex So Good?” by Jinsop Lee, which was about the “5 senses Theory,” and how much more beneficial it would be for designers if they created products that appealed to all 5 senses.

After watching the video, I was inspired to make my own 5 senses graph of a daily activity that I enjoy. Now I realize that one of the factors that contributes to making guitar playing more enjoyable is the fact that it appeals to 3 out of the 5 senses. 



In response to this video, I made my own modification of a commonly used tool that could better utilize the 5 senses to appeal to others more.

The”Chameleon Car Shade” is a Car Sun Shade that changes color according to the internal temperature of the car (so you’re aware of how hot it is in the car before you get in) and emits a car freshener scent when heated by the sun. I thought about all the times when I got into a car, not knowing how hot it would be, and accidentally burning myself with the seatbelt buckle.  The car freshener scent was just an added feature to keep the car smelling nice and make it more pleasant to get into a car that’s usually very stuffy from the heat. I’m aware that the name needs some work, but for the most part, it utilizes the senses of smell and sight much better than it used to. 

Ordinary Beauty

Ordinary Beauty

For a TOK project, we were given 30 minutes to roam around the campus and choose a theme that relates to the 5 senses that we tend to take granted or not notice. We chose to look at “ordinary” things through a different perspective and found that the most common, were the most beautiful.