Warmth in affective mediated interaction: Exploring the effects of physical warmth on interpersonal warmth
van Erp, J.B.F.
Recent research suggests that physical warmth activates perceptions of metaphorical interpersonal warmth and closeness, and increases pro-social behavior. These effects are grounded in our earliest intimate experiences: being held by our loving caregivers. These findings provide reasons to incorporate warmth in devices for distant affective communication, which could simulate one's body heat. An experiment was carried out to gain a better understanding of the implications of physical warmth for mediated social interaction. Moreover, we aimed at disentangling effects of social warmth (body temperature) from effects of non-social warmth (artificial heat sources and ambient temperature). Except for an increase in perceptions of metaphorical warmth as a consequence of higher ambient temperature, no effects were found. We use our study to pinpoint the caveats and challenges that research into warmth in affective mediated interaction faces. © 2015 IEEE.
Human & Operational Modelling
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PCS - Perceptual and Cognitive Systems
ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences
Computer Mediated Communication
Mediated Social Touch
Computer mediated communication
Mediated social touch
Economic and social effects
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
2015 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2015, 28-34