Empirical Study of Physiological Characteristics Accompanied by Tactile Thermal Perception

Relationship Between Changes in Thermal Gradients and Skin Conductance Responses
  • Takafumi ShinodaEmail author
  • Kouki Shimomura
  • Kentaro Kotani
  • Satoshi Suzuki
  • Takafumi Asao
  • Shigeyoshi Iizuka
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9734)


This paper presents empirical results regarding emotional changes represented using different thermal gradients by measuring skin conductance responses (SCRs), when providing thermal information with various gradients. Participants attached a probe in their right forearm for thermal stimuli, and SCR measurements were conducted when participants perceived the time to detect a temperature change. The SCR amplitude showed a significant tendency to vary between +0.5 and −0.5 [°C/s] and between +0.5 and −0.3 [°C/s] of thermal gradients. The results of this study showed that differences in clear thermal gradients, such as the comparison between warm and cold stimuli, affected emotion, and differences in detailed thermal gradients, such as the comparison between 0.3 and 0.5 [°C/s] of thermal gradients, did not affect the changes in emotion.


Emotion Skin conductance responses Thermal gradients Tactile sensation 



Part of the present study was funded by Advanced-biomedical sensing technology research group Kansai University, and Kakenhi of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (26560036).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takafumi Shinoda
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kouki Shimomura
    • 1
  • Kentaro Kotani
    • 1
  • Satoshi Suzuki
    • 1
  • Takafumi Asao
    • 1
  • Shigeyoshi Iizuka
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKansai UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of Business AdministrationKanagawa UniversityKanagawaJapan

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