Emilio and Ann


The “Happiness Abscissa” (Ha), a measure of happiness, was created in collaboration between Emilio, a neurologist, and Ann, a psychiatrist and artist. In their collaboration, Emilio’s special interest in the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system governing basic physiological functions of the body needed to sustain life including the heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing, digestion, temperature regulation, the release of hormones, and sexual function), and Ann’s understanding of human behavior and emotion complemented each other. A shared interest in scents, and in particular the role of scents in modulating emotional states, has further guided their joint projects. During the course of their observations they identified specific scents that translated to them into improved state of wellbeing and happiness (elevated Ha).