Social Emotional Biosensing

How do emotional biosensory data displays become embroiled in questions of how or what we should feel or be?

This work explores the role of ambiguity in emotional biosensing displays. A subtle, ambiguous color-change in the garment's pattern responds to the wearer's skin conductance, indicating a potential moment of emotional excitement. Pairs of friends, housemates, or spouses wore such color-changing garments over the course of a conversation or in daily life. They formed social emotional interpretations about the display in a variety of contexts, relating the display to a variety of emotions such as joy or embarrassment.

Noura Howell, Laura Devendorf, Tomás Vega Gálvez, Rundong (Kevin) Tian, Kimiko Ryokai. 2018. Tensions of data-driven reflection: A case study of real-time emotional biosensing. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'18) (forthcoming).

Noura Howell, Laura Devendorf, Rundong (Kevin) Tian, Tomás Vega Gálvez, Nan-Wei Gong, Ivan Poupyrev, Eric Paulos, Kimiko Ryokai. 2016. Biosignals as social cues: Ambiguity and emotional interpretation in social displays of skin conductance. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS'16).

Noura Howell. 2016. Representation and interpretation of biosensing. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS Companion'16).

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