Warmth in affective mediated interaction

Christian Jacob Arendt Maria Willemse, Dirk K.J. Heylen, Johannes Bernardus Fransiscus van Erp

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    Recent research suggests that physical warmth activates perceptions of metaphorical interpersonal warmth and closeness, and increases pro-social behavior. These effects are grounded in our earliest intimate experiences: being held by our loving caregivers. These findings provide reasons to incorporate warmth in devices for distant affective communication, which could simulate one’s body heat. An experiment was carried out to gain a better understanding of the implications of physical warmth for mediated social interaction. Moreover, we aimed at disentangling effects of social warmth (body temperature) from effects of non-social warmth (artificial heat sources and ambient temperature). Except for an increase in perceptions of metaphorical warmth as a consequence of higher ambient temperature, no effects were found. We use our study to pinpoint the caveats and challenges that research into warmth in affective mediated interaction faces.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII 2015)
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-9953-8
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
    Event6th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2015 - Xi'an, China
    Duration: 21 Sep 201524 Sep 2015
    Conference number: 6

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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society


    Conference6th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2015
    Abbreviated titleACII


    • EWI-26627
    • METIS-315122
    • IR-98962

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