User Preferences for Calming Affective Haptic Stimuli in Social Settings

Macdonald, S. A. , Freeman, E. , Brewster, S. and Pollick, F. (2021) User Preferences for Calming Affective Haptic Stimuli in Social Settings. In: 23rd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI ’21), Montréal, QC, Canada, 18-22 Oct 2021, pp. 387-396. ISBN 9781450384810 (doi: 10.1145/3462244.3479903)

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This paper presents a survey informing a user-first approach to designing calming affective haptic stimuli by eliciting user preferences in different social scenarios. Prior affective haptics research presented users with stimuli and recorded emotional responses. By contrast this work focuses on the sensations users wish to experience and how these can be simulated using haptics. The survey (n=81) investigated which users preferences in four social situations to reduce social anxiety. Using thematic analysis of responses we created a coding scheme of stimuli derived from real-world experiences to emulate with affective haptics. By cross-referencing these categories with affective haptics research, we provide recommendations to designers about which calming stimuli users wish to experience socially and how they can be implemented.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Freeman, Dr Euan and Macdonald, Mr Shaun and Pollick, Professor Frank and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Macdonald, S. A., Freeman, E., Brewster, S., and Pollick, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Association for Computing Machinery
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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