It's Touching: Understanding Touch-Affect Association in Shape-Change with Kinematic Features


With the proliferation of shape-change research in affective computing, there is a need to deepen understandings of affective responses to shape-change display. Little research has focused on affective reactions to tactile experiences in shape-change, particularly in the absence of visual information. It is also rare to study response to the shape-change as it unfolds, isolated from a final shape-change outcome. We report on two studies on touch-affect associations, using the crossmodal ``Bouba-Kiki'' paradigm, to understand affective responses to shape-change as it unfolds. We investigate experiences with a shape-change gadget, as it moves between rounded (``Bouba'') and spiky (``Kiki'') forms. We capture affective responses via the circumplex model, and use a motion analysis approach to understand the certainty of these responses. We find that touch-affect associations are influenced by both the size and the frequency of the shape-change and may be modality-dependent, and that certainty in affective associations is influenced by association-consistency.

Feng Feng
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Dan Bennett
University of Bristol, Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
Zhijun Fan
Shandong university, Jinan, Shandong, China
Oussama Metatla
University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom


会議: CHI 2022

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (

セッション: Hands & Fingers

5 件の発表
2022-05-03 20:00:00
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