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The affective body argument in technology design

Bianchi-Berthouze, N; (2016) The affective body argument in technology design. In: Buono, P and Lanzilotti, R and Matera, M, (eds.) AVI '16: Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces. (pp. pp. 3-6). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper, I argue that the affective body is underused in the design of interactive technology despite what it has to offer. Whilst the literature shows it to be a powerful affective communication channel, it is often ignored in favor of the more commonly studied facial and vocal expression modalities. This is despite it being as informative and in some situations even more reliable than the other affective channels. In addition, due to the proliferation of increasingly cheaper and ubiquitous movement sensing technologies, the regulatory affective functions of the body could open new possibilities in various application areas. In this paper, after presenting a brief summary of the opportunities that the affective body offers to technology designers, I will use the case of physical rehabilitation to discuss how its use could lead to interesting new solutions and more effective therapies.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The affective body argument in technology design
Event: International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI '16)
ISBN-13: 9781450341318
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2909132.2933286
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2909132.2933286
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2016.
Keywords: Affective body expressions, automatic recognition, touch behavior, muscle activity, embodied affect, physical rehabilitation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1527570
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