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Mood Worlds: A Virtual Environment for Autonomous Emotional Expression

Wagener, N; Niess, J; Rogers, Y; Schöning, J; (2022) Mood Worlds: A Virtual Environment for Autonomous Emotional Expression. In: Barbosa, S and Lampe, C and Appert, C and Shamma, DA and Drucker, S and Williamson, J and Yatani, K, (eds.) CHI '22: Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Immersive interactive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) have the potential to foster well-being. While VR applications have been successfully used to evoke positive emotions through the presetting of light, colour and scenery, the experiential potential of allowing users to independently create a virtual environment (VE) has not yet been sufficiently addressed. To that end, we explore how the autonomous design of a VE can affect emotional engagement and well-being. We present Mood Worlds - a VR application allowing users to visualise their emotions by self-creating a VE. In an exploratory evaluation (N=16), we found that Mood Worlds is an effective tool supporting emotional engagement. Additionally, we found that an autonomous creation process in VR increases positive emotions and well-being. Our work shows that VR can be an effective tool to visualise emotions, thereby increasing positive affect. We discuss opportunities and design requirements for VR as positive technology.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Mood Worlds: A Virtual Environment for Autonomous Emotional Expression
Event: 22022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22)
ISBN-13: 9781450391573
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3491102.3501861
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3491102.3501861
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.
Keywords: Virtual Reality, Well-being, Happiness, Emotions, Emotion Regulation, Positive Technology
UCL classification: 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
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10150739
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