Affective Loop Experiences: Designing for Interactional Embodiment

Höök, Kristina (2009) Affective Loop Experiences: Designing for Interactional Embodiment. In: Discussion Meeting Issue 'Computation of emotions in man and machines' organized and edited by Peter Robinson and Rana el Kaliouby, London, U.K..

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Involving our corporeal bodies in interaction can create strong affective experiences. Systems that both can be influenced by and influence users corporeally exhibit a use quality we name an affective loop experience. In an affective loop experience, (i) emotions are seen as processes, constructed in the interaction, starting from everyday bodily, cognitive or social experiences; (ii) the system responds in ways that pull the user into the interaction, touching upon end users' physical experiences; and (iii) throughout the interaction the user is an active, meaning-making individual choosing how to express themselves—the interpretation responsibility does not lie with the system. We have built several systems that attempt to create affective loop experiences with more or less successful results. For example, eMoto lets users send text messages between mobile phones, but in addition to text, the messages also have colourful and animated shapes in the background chosen through emotion-gestures with a sensor-enabled stylus pen. Affective Diary is a digital diary with which users can scribble their notes, but it also allows for bodily memorabilia to be recorded from body sensors mapping to users' movement and arousal and placed along a timeline. Users can see patterns in their bodily reactions and relate them to various events going on in their lives.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
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Deposited By:Kristina Hook
Deposited On:04 Oct 2010 10:13
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