The impact of physical and virtual environments on human emotions: A pilot study in an adult and community education setting

Jonathan Bishop, Piet Kommers

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Abstract

This paper concerns an experiment that attempts to understand the impact the physical and virtual environment can have on human emotions. To do this four blended learning workshops are held covering different amounts of technology enhanced learning based on the blended learning continuum. In each workshop there are two of the same participants - one who is autistic and one who is empathic - and then other participants are introduced depending on the aesthetics of the workshop. The study finds that learners deemed 'empathic' require less brain processing for befriending than people deemed 'autistic' do and that those deemed autistic treat every environment the same way and at the same time those deemed 'empathic' focus more on befriending others, regardless of the environment they are in.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2016
EditorsMary Yang, Hamid R. Arabnia, Leonidas Deligiannidis, Leonidas Deligiannidis
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages306-314
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-5510-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-5511-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2017
EventInternational Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2016 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 15 Dec 201617 Dec 2016

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, CSCI 2016
Abbreviated titleCSCI
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period15/12/1617/12/16

Keywords

  • Affection
  • Autism
  • Blended learning
  • Empathism
  • Networked learning communities
  • Virtual environments

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