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As light as your footsteps: altering walking sounds to change perceived body weight, emotional state and gait

Tajadura Jimenez, A; Basia, M; Deroy, O; Fairhurst, M; Marquardt, N; Berthouze, N; (2015) As light as your footsteps: altering walking sounds to change perceived body weight, emotional state and gait. In: Begole, B and Kim, J and Woo, W and Inkpen, K, (eds.) Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (pp. pp. 2943-2952). Association for Computing Machinery: Seoul, Republic of Korea. Green open access

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Abstract

An ever more sedentary lifestyle is a serious problem in our society. Enhancing people’s exercise adherence through technology remains an important research challenge. We propose a novel approach for a system supporting walking that draws from basic findings in neuroscience research. Our shoe-based prototype senses a person’s footsteps and alters in real-time the frequency spectra of the sound they produce while walking. The resulting sounds are consistent with those produced by either a lighter or heavier body. Our user study showed that modified walking sounds change one’s own perceived body weight and lead to a related gait pattern. In particular, augmenting the high frequencies of the sound leads to the perception of having a thinner body and enhances the motivation for physical activity inducing a more dynamic swing and a shorter heel strike. We here discuss the opportunities and the questions our findings open.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: As light as your footsteps: altering walking sounds to change perceived body weight, emotional state and gait
Event: CHI'15, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 18 - 23, 2015
Location: Seoul
Dates: 2015-04-20 - 2015-04-23
ISBN-13: 9781450331456
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702374
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702374
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: Auditory body perception; multimodal interfaces; sonification; interaction styles; emotion; evaluation method.
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
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/1464800
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