Summary: (Derks et al. 2008) -The Role of Emotion in Computer-mediated Communication

This is my summary of: Derks, D., Fischer, A.H. & Bos, A.E.R., 2008. The role of emotion in computer-mediated communication: A review. Computers in Human Behavior, 24(3), pp.766–785. The article provides a review of literature that deals with the expression of emotion in computer-mediated communication (CMC). The authors’ primary aim is to evaluate the widespread claim that CMC is less well suited for the communication of emotion than face-to-face (F2F) interaction, using the available scientific evidence. They reach the conclusion that this claim is not supported, and CMC and F2F possess similar capabilities for emotional interaction, with CMC in certain cases even enhancing the frequency and explicitness of emotional expressions.

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Capturing Heart Rate for Physiological Computing

In the following post I describe some methods and tools for capturing a persons heart rate for the usage in physiological computing/biosensing applications. It represents some of the research I conducted during for my master’s thesis, which deals with technologies providing autonomic feedback. The focus in this case was on simplicity of access in the context of mobile and wearable applications, not maximum preciseness of the data (such as might be a requirement for a laboratory environment or in a medical context). It describes approaches using two widespread methods: ECG/EKG-based and pulse oximetry-based measurements.

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