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A warm touch of affect?

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Author: Willemse, C.J.A.M.
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Source:2015 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2015, 766-771
Identifier: 535453
doi: doi:10.1109/ACII.2015.7344656
ISBN: 9781479999538
Article number: 7344656
Keywords: Affective Computer Mediated Communication · Body Temperature · Social Touch · Behavioral research · Display devices · Affective computer · Body temperature · Complex compositions · Haptic technology · Mediated Communication · Mediated social touch · Physical parameters · Social Touch · Intelligent computing · Human & Operational Modelling · PCS - Perceptual and Cognitive Systems · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


One of the research areas within affective Computer Mediated Communication currently under investigation is that of mediated social touch. A social touch is a complex composition of different physical parameters that can be simulated by haptic technologies. In this article we argue why we think it makes sense to incorporate warmth - and in particular simulations of one's body heat - in mediated communication devices; that is, physical warmth affects perceptions of social warmth, and our skin temperature can be considered a display of our socio-emotional state. Moreover, we outline specific research domains for the current PhD project. © 2015 IEEE.