Linking Emotion Attributes to Engineering Parameters and Individual Differences

  • Hasti SeifiEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Touch and Haptic Systems book series (SSTHS)


Affective response can dominate users’ reactions to the synthesized tactile sensations that are proliferating in today’s handheld and gaming devices, yet it is largely unmeasured, modelled or characterized. A better understanding of user perception will aid the design of tactile behavior that engages touch, with an experience that satisfies rather than intrudes. Here, we made a first attempt at developing guidelines for affective vibration design. We measured 30 subjects’ affective response to vibrations varying in rhythm and frequency, then examined how differences in demographic, everyday use of touch, and tactile processing abilities contribute to variations in affective response. To this end, we developed five affective and sensory rating scales and two tactile performance tasks, and also employed a published ‘Need for Touch’ (NFT) questionnaire. Subjects’ ratings, aggregated, showed significant correlations among the five scales and significant effect of the signal content (rhythm and frequency). Ratings varied considerably among subjects, but this variation did not coincide with demographic, NFT score, or tactile task performance. These results suggest a link between emotion and engineering parameters but highlight that individual differences in emotion perception are nuanced and cannot be modelled based on user performance or background.


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  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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