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Cold or Hot? How Thermal Stimuli Are Related to Human Emotional System?

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The aim was to study emotional responses to thermal stimulation. Stimuli were varied by increasing or decreasing temperature by 2, 4 or 6°C in respect to the participants’ hand temperature. The stimuli were either dynamic (i.e. heated or cooled while touching) or pre-adjusted (i.e. heated or cooled to the target temperature before touching). The results showed, for example, that 6°C change in temperature was rated as unpleasant, arousing, dominant, and avoidable especially when the stimulus was warm. 4°C increase was rated as arousing, dominant, and pleasant. In addition, pre-adjusted 6°C increase elevated the physiological arousal in terms of skin conductance response.

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  • Affective haptics
  • Thermal stimulation
  • Human emotions

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Salminen, K. et al. (2013). Cold or Hot? How Thermal Stimuli Are Related to Human Emotional System?. In: Oakley, I., Brewster, S. (eds) Haptic and Audio Interaction Design. HAID 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7989. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41068-0_3

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