Join us at the 6th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction – ACII2015.
ICT Lab researcher Chris Christou will be presenting our paper “Psychophysiological Responses to Virtual Crowds: Implications for Wearable Computing“. The work is co-authored by Kyriakos Herakleous, Aimilia Tzanavari, Charalambos Poullis.
Abstract: People’s responses to crowds was investigated with a simulation of a busy street using virtual reality. Both psychophysiological measures and a cognitive test were used to assess the influence of large crowds or individual agents who stood close to the participant while they performed a memory task. Results from most individuals revealed strong orienting responses to changes in the crowd. This was indicated by sharp increases in skin conductivity and reduction in peripheral blood volume amplitude. Furthermore, cognitive function appeared to be affected. Results of the memory test appeared to be influenced by how closely virtual agents approached the participants. These findings are discussed with respect to wearable affective computing that seeks robust identifiable correlates of autonomic activity that can be used in everyday contexts.
Venue: Xi’an, China – Grand New World Hotel – Hua Shan, Floor 1
Date: 22 September 2015
Time: 10:30-12:10, Track O2: Affect and Psychophysiology