A systematic literature review about technologies for self-reporting emotional information

  • Carolina Fuentes
  • Valeria Herskovic
  • Iyubanit Rodríguez
  • Carmen Gerea
  • Maíra Marques
  • Pedro O. Rossel
Original Research


Emotional information is complex to manage by humans and computers alike, so it is difficult for users to express emotional information through technology. Two main approaches are used to gather this type of information: objective (e.g. through sensors or facial recognition) and subjective (reports by users themselves). Subjective methods are less intrusive and may be more accurate, although users may fail to report their emotions or not be entirely truthful about them. The goal of this study is to identify trends in the area of interfaces for the self-report of human emotions, under-served populations of users, and avenues of future research. A systematic literature review was conducted on six search engines, resulting in a set of 863 papers, which were filtered in a systematic way until we established a corpus of 40 papers. We studied the technologies used for emotional self-report as well as the issues regarding these technologies, such as privacy, interaction mechanisms, and how they are evaluated.


Systematic literature review Emotions Interfaces Self-report 



This project was partially funded by CONICYT Chile PhD scholarship (CONICYT-PCHA/Doctorado Nacional/2013-21130661,2014-63140077), CONICIT and MICIT Costa Rica PhD scholarship and Universidad de Costa Rica, and Fondecyt (Chile) Project No. 1150365.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer SciencePontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversidad Católica de la Santísima ConcepciónConcepciónChile

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