This is my summary of: Valins, S., 1966. Cognitive effects of false heart-rate feedback. Journal of personality and social psychology, 4(4), pp.400–8. In it Valins describes the context, procedure and results of a psychological experiment designed to investigate the effects of false autonomic feedback on subjects experience of emotional content. Continue reading
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.
The development of the previous two prototypes — a glove and a wristband — provided valuable insights into the requirements for wearable technologies giving autonomic feedback, leading to the construction of this third version. It uses a Polar chest strap to detect a users pulse and translate it instantaneous into vibrations on a users wrist. It also is the first functional prototype providing possibilities for continuous, shared autonomic feedback between two people, albeit only across a short distance.
After some more testing of the first prototype for my master’s thesis, dealing with wearable devices that provide autonomic feedback, I found out some crucial flaws in the design. Some of them are purely technical, others are related to overall design decisions. However, the main problem of that first prototype was that it did not allow me to continuously experience autonomic feedback for a longer period of time, in order to get some hints on how to properly tune the design. This prototype is a more reliable version simulating pattern of autonomic feedback without being based on actual measurements. In contrast to version one, it comes in the design of a wristband and makes use of components specifically build for wearable computing.