You read that right. Some scientists from 2 Australian universities have teamed up with the Singapore Tourism Board to create a travel guide or map based on the emotions of an Australian family who took a tour here in Singapore.
They did this by attaching measuring devices to study the brainwaves of an Australian blogger and her family, Chantelle Ellem aka Fat Mum Slim, and recording their findings about how Chantelle and her family felt while performing various activities in Singapore.
The headsets recorded their emotional responses to 20 different activities and experiences using electroencephalography, or EEG, which works by measuring the activity of billions of neurons inside the family’s brains.
One interesting factoid that showed up, for instance, was that Chantelle and family felt just as happy sightseeing around Little India for free as they did while splurging on more expensive and thrilling activities such as ziplining above the trees at Sentosa.
Wildlife activities gave the happiest responses from Chantelle’s children, and even the adults felt happy visiting the Jurong Bird Park and Merlion Park. They recorded feeling “relaxed” while visiting Sultan Mosque in Kampong Glam.
Now we can only wonder what happens when we try this study on a local family.