Mnemonic Device

Mopiko + Home Mnemonic Scent Device

Mopiko scent shaped like a flame to represent the burning/stinging sensation when applied. Texture for itch. Long curling piece represents scent of home and the comfort feeling as if being embraced.

On a stand
‘Itchy’ texture

So I poked the plastic full of holes. The texture of the plastic after being poked full of holes makes it quite addictive to touch which reflects the ‘itchy’.


Good Scent


You know how different household has different smell? I think the smell comes from our choice of detergent. I picked out a fresh clean handkerchief to represent the smells of my home. It is a comforting scent.

Comfortable = no sharp edges = hugging


Bad Scent


Mosquito bites are extremely itchy. O_O My skin swells around the bite and I can’t stop scratching to relief myself. And when I get bitten it is not one, but many bites. I hate it so much. Mopiko is suppose to help mosquito bites but to me it doesn’t do its job. There is also a slight burning sensation when applied that is incorporated into the design.

Warm = stabbing = sharp edges


Test Pieces

Test 1
Test 2



How to create a Scent Memory?

Step 1: Follow your nose

Find an unfamiliar scent; one you’ve never smelled before. “Novelty is important because we know from memory research that certain entities can hold [only] so much association power,”

Step 2: Have a moment

Choose the event that you want to relive —just make sure it’s an evocative one. “The strength of the conditioning does seem to rest on how emotional the experience is and the intensity of those emotions,”

Step 3: Distribute the scent

Organize your ancillaries and place the scent all around the space of your chosen event. Tuck the scent away if your chosen moment is an upcoming trip. You don’t want to wear or smell the notes so much in advance of the experience you’re trying to capture that you actually start adapting to them.

Step 4: Layer it on

When the time comes, start exposing yourself to the scent. “forming an odor association to a pleasant event takes a few more pairings than it would with a negative event,”

Step 5: Get some distance

Put away the scent after the occasion is over. Keep away from it for a few months before taking it out again to trigger the memory. But, you cannot visit the scent frequently or it will lose its ‘precious power’.

“HOW TO CREATE A SCENT MEMORY.” Instyle 23, no. 9 (September 2016): 327. MAS Ultra – School Edition, EBSCOhost (accessed October 15, 2017).


Mnemonic Device

Techniques a person can use to help them improve their ability to remember something.

In this project we need to link scent to form. Visual imagery of form and colours can help us memorize items. Such as green grass, yellow sun, blue water etc.

Example: The Method of Loci

“First, imagine a place with which you are familiar. For instance, if you use your house, the rooms in your house become the objects of information you need to memorize. Another example is to use the route to your work or school, with landmarks along the way becoming the information you need to memorize.

You go through a list of words or concepts needing memorization, and associate each word with one of your locations. You should go in order so that you will be able to retrieve all of the information in the future.”

“By recalling specific imagery, it can help us recall information we associated with that imagery.”

“Memory And Mnemonic Devices | Psych Central”. 2017. Psych Central. Accessed October 16.




Author: Ying Hui

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