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Physical Emotion Induction

February 19th, 2008 admin No comments

The hour of my graduation draws nigh, and in preparation I would like to share the details.


It is well known that our emotional response is related to our bodily state, and more specifically that our bodily state can directly influence particular emotions we feel. It appears, however, that this fact has so far not had a significant influence in the entertainment industry. We first review existing work on physical emotion induction. Based on this work we present several techniques to influence emotional responses through physical means in a non-cognitive manner. The basis for the different techniques is a two-factor model of emotion: Pleasure and Arousal. We selected 4 sets of movie clips that correspond to the 4 possible quadrants existing in the 2 factor model. We have implemented some of the emotion induction techniques in a physical device (interactive chair) and tested the effects on the immersiveness of the movie clips and the emotional experience of the participants.

The full research paper (16 pages) can be downloaded here, as well as a shortened 8 page version:
full paper (pdf)
short paper (pdf)

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Turned to the blog side

May 28th, 2007 admin No comments

Heh, it appears that I’ve become a blogger after all. Never thought I would be, but here I am.The desperation of not having finished any of my ideas for a cool portfolio website the last three years drove me to it. That and the fact that I have to say it’s fun to share cool stuff with people. So don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the details of my daily life (to Dutch speakers all around: don’t you just love the word “beslommeringen”? :) ). I’ll just post when I’ve got something interesting I want to show you.

First though, I think a short introduction would be in order. So hi, I’m Ralph. I live in Utrecht (the Netherlands) and study in Leiden. I’m doing a masters in Media Technology, which is concerned with art and science, and every combination of those two. Right now I’m working on my graduation project. I’ll get into that later on, probably when it’s finished :) . Let’s see, yeah, I’m a freelance programmer, mostly front end programming with ActionScript. I’ve done some projects with Adobe Flex as well, and I’m hoping to get some time to dive into Apollo and create some cool desktop applications :)

But anyway, enough of that. Just check back later, and I’ll tell you if I see/hear/find/do anything I think is worth knowing about…

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