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SoniBand: Understanding the Effects of Metaphorical Movement Sonifications on Body Perception and Physical Activity

Ley-Flores, JG; Tumo Vidal, L; Berthouze, N; Singh, A; Bevilacqua, F; Tajadura-Jimenez, A; (2021) SoniBand: Understanding the Effects of Metaphorical Movement Sonifications on Body Perception and Physical Activity. In: CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. p. 521). ACM Green open access

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Abstract

Negative body perceptions are a major predictor of physical inactivity, a serious health concern. Sensory feedback can be used to alter such body perceptions; movement sonification, in particular, has been suggested to affect body perception and levels of physical activity (PA) in inactive people. We investigated how metaphorical sounds impact body perception and PA. We report two qualitative studies centered on performing different strengthening/flexibility exercises using SoniBand, a wearable that augments movement through different sounds. The first study involved physically active participants and served to obtain a nuanced understanding of the sonifications’ impact. The second, in the home of physically inactive participants, served to identify which effects could support PA adherence. Our findings show that movement sonification based on metaphors led to changes in body perception (e.g., feeling strong) and PA (e.g., repetitions) in both populations, but effects could differ according to the existing PA-level. We discuss principles for metaphor-based sonification design to foster PA.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: SoniBand: Understanding the Effects of Metaphorical Movement Sonifications on Body Perception and Physical Activity
Event: 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '21)
Dates: 08 May 2021 - 13 May 2021
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3411764.3445558
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3411764.3445558
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
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119243
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