The effect of thermal stimuli on the emotional perception of images

Moses Akazue, Martin Halvey, Lynne Baillie, Stephen Brewster

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Abstract

Thermal stimulation is a feedback channel that has the potential to influence the emotional response of people to media such as images. While previous work has demonstrated that thermal stimuli might have an effect on the emotional perception of images, little is understood about the exact emotional responses different thermal properties and presentation techniques can elicit towards images. This paper presents two user studies that investigate the effect thermal stimuli parameters (e.g. intensity) and timing of thermal stimuli presentation have on the emotional perception of images. We found that thermal stimulation increased valence and arousal in images with low valence and neutral to low arousal. Thermal augmentation of images also reduced valence and arousal in high valence and arousal images. We discovered that depending on when thermal augmentation is presented, it can either be used to create anticipation or enhance the inherent emotion an image is capable of evoking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages4401-4412
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781450333627
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Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016

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    Akazue, M., Halvey, M., Baillie, L., & Brewster, S. (2016). The effect of thermal stimuli on the emotional perception of images. In CHI 2016: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 4401-4412). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858307