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Affective reactions to vibro-tactile events: A case study in automotive applications

Ajovalasit, M; Shabani, A; Tajadura, A; Giacomin, J; (2012) Affective reactions to vibro-tactile events: A case study in automotive applications. 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion: Out of Control - Proceedings

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Abstract

The perceptual experiences which occur at a product or service interface are fundamental towards cognitive and emotional engagement. The current study investigates what form of correlation may exist between measures of the valence and the arousal dimensions of the human affective response to steering wheel stimuli felt at driver's hands and vibration intensity metrics. Seventeen steering wheel signals from mid-sized European automobiles and European roads were selected such that the widest possible operating envelope could be achieved. A laboratory-based experiment was performed with 30 participants who were presented the seventeen signals and asked to rate their feelings of emotional valence and emotional arousal by means of a Self-Assessment Manikin (SAM) scale. The results suggest that while vibration intensity plays a significant role in eliciting emotional feelings, there are also other stimuli properties which influence the human emotional response to steering wheel vibration such as the presence of high peak events or high frequency band amplitudes.

Type:Article
Title:Affective reactions to vibro-tactile events: A case study in automotive applications
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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