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Using Origami to explore and reduce the emotions associated with stress

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Higginson Building, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Durham University

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The workshop on Origami is to be held in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th of March 2017.

Schedule of the day: On the 28th, it is from 9 o 4 and on the 29th it is from 10 to 4:30pm

The Workshop intends to explain how Origami may be used as a mindful tool for stress identification and reduction in developing countries such as Mexico. Participants will learn basic concepts of the history and applications of Origami in different sciences such as aerospace, nanotechnology and engineering and will learn to use Origami, through the folding of different models, to reduce the emotions related with stress. At the end of the workshop, participants will engage in a proposal of their own using the acquired knowledge.

The emotional state of a person affects deeply its perception, productivity and development. Negative feelings and emotions such as stress have a direct impact on the health of people that could trigger pathologies such as dementia, premature ageing and diabetes, amongst others. In recent years, Origami has proven to be one of the most effective activities in promoting a mindful state which is recognized by the NHS as an effective treatment for stress, depression, anxiety and as prevention treatment to promote mental well-being.

The following topics will be covered during the two day workshop:

1. Introduction to the research project: stress in developing countries.

2. A brief history of Origami: the use of Origami in engineering, design and sciences.

3. The use of origami as therapy.

4. International symbols and language of Origami: basic shapes and models.

5. Folding techniques.

6. Division of 2D planes through folding: linear, diagonal and rotatory divisions of a 2D space.

7. Symmetrical representations.

8. Structures and modular origami.

9. Research thinking: research, analysis and exploration of the challenge of the research done through origami.

We welcome researchers, artists and social scientists with an interest in the above topics to attend. Attendance is FREE, but with limited places registration is essential for catering purposes

Please note: teaching materials, lunch, coffee and tea during the braek will be provided for two days workshop

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