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SmellControl: The Study of Sense of Agency in Smell

Cornelio Martinez, P; Maggioni, E; Brianza, G; Subramanian, S; Obrist, M; (2020) SmellControl: The Study of Sense of Agency in Smell. In: ICMI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction. (pp. pp. 470-480). ACM Green open access

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Abstract

The Sense of Agency (SoA) is crucial in interaction with technology, it refers to the feeling of 'I did that' as opposed to 'the system did that' supporting a feeling of being in control. Research in human-computer interaction has recently studied agency in visual, auditory and haptic interfaces, however the role of smell on agency remains unknown. Our sense of smell is quite powerful to elicit emotions, memories and awareness of the environment, which has been exploited to enhance user experiences (e.g., in VR and driving scenarios). In light of increased interest in designing multimodal interfaces including smell and its close link with emotions, we investigated, for the first time, the effect of smell-induced emotions on the SoA. We conducted a study using the Intentional Binding (IB) paradigm used to measure SoA while participants were exposed to three scents with different valence (pleasant, unpleasant, neutral). Our results show that participants? SoA increased with a pleasant scent compared to neutral and unpleasant scents. We discuss how our results can inform the design of multimodal and future olfactory interfaces.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: SmellControl: The Study of Sense of Agency in Smell
Event: The 22nd International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2020)
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Dates: 25 October 2020 - 29 October 2020
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3382507.3418810
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3382507.3418810
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112404
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