A touch of affect: mediated social touch and affect

Gijs Huisman

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Abstract

This position paper outlines the first stages in an ongoing PhD project on mediated social touch, and the effects mediated touch can have on someone's affective state. It is argued that touch is a profound communication channel for humans, and that communication through touch can, to some extent, occur through mediation. Furthermore, touch can be used to communicate emotions, as well as have immediate affective consequences. The design of an input device, consisting of twelve force-sensitive resistors, to study the communication of emotions through mediated touch is presented. A pilot study indicated that participants used duration of touch and force applied as ways to distinguish between different emotions. This paper will conclude by discussing possible improvements for the input device, how the pilot study fits with the overall PhD project, as well as future directions for the PhD project in general.
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Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages317-320
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1467-1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Event14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012 - Santa Monica, United States
Duration: 22 Oct 201226 Oct 2012
Conference number: 14

Publication series

Name
PublisherACM

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012
Abbreviated titleICMI
CountryUnited States
CitySanta Monica
Period22/10/1226/10/12

Keywords

  • EWI-22625
  • HMI-MI: MULTIMODAL INTERACTIONS
  • haptic interfaces
  • METIS-293219
  • Emotion
  • Affect
  • IR-83439
  • Mediated Social Touch

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Huisman, G. (2012). A touch of affect: mediated social touch and affect. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012 (pp. 317-320). New York: Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2388676.2388746
Huisman, Gijs. / A touch of affect: mediated social touch and affect. Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012. New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2012. pp. 317-320
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Huisman, G 2012, A touch of affect: mediated social touch and affect. in Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 317-320, 14th International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012, Santa Monica, United States, 22/10/12. DOI: 10.1145/2388676.2388746

A touch of affect: mediated social touch and affect. / Huisman, Gijs.

Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012. New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2012. p. 317-320.

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Huisman G. A touch of affect: mediated social touch and affect. In Proceedings of the 14th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2012. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. 2012. p. 317-320. Available from, DOI: 10.1145/2388676.2388746