Investigating response similarities between real and mediated social touch : a first test

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate whether the gender differences generally found in same and opposite sex social touch are also present in mediated situations. Participants were led to believe that a male or female stranger was remotely touching them by means of a vest equipped with vibrotactile actuators. Affective responses varied with the stimulated body location, but the effect of dyad composition was not significant. In sum, we found partial support for the assumption that mediated social touch is actually perceived of as a real touch. Possible improvements to haptic communication devices are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2007), April 28 - May 3, 2007, San Jose, California, USA
EditorsM.B. Rosson, D.J. Gilmore
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages2405-2410
ISBN (Print)978-1-59593-642-4
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Eventconference; CHI 2007 : Reach beyond; 2007-04-28; 2007-05-03 -
Duration: 28 Apr 20073 May 2007

Conference

Conferenceconference; CHI 2007 : Reach beyond; 2007-04-28; 2007-05-03
Period28/04/073/05/07
OtherCHI 2007 : Reach beyond

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    Haans, A., Nood, de, C., & IJsselsteijn, W. A. (2007). Investigating response similarities between real and mediated social touch : a first test. In M. B. Rosson, & D. J. Gilmore (Eds.), Extended Abstracts Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2007), April 28 - May 3, 2007, San Jose, California, USA (pp. 2405-2410). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.