The intimacy of heartbeat communication

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Abstract

Heart beat communication is hypothesized to be an intimate cue. Moreover, as with other nonverbal cues, we expect that hearing someone’s heart beat triggers unconscious nonverbal compensation strategies like increasing interpersonal distance. In line with this, we found that hearing someone’s heart beat increases the kept interpersonal distance. We conclude that heart beat communication increases the feeling of intimacy and can therefore be employed in connectedness devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Social Connectedness Workshop at CHI 2010, April 10-15, 2010. Alanta, USA
EditorsT. Visser, P. Dadlani, D. Bel, van, S. Yarosh
Place of PublicationAtlanta
PublisherCHI2010
Pages1-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-930-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventCHI 2010 Social Connectedness Workshop, April 10-15, 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201015 Apr 2010

Workshop

WorkshopCHI 2010 Social Connectedness Workshop, April 10-15, 2010, Atlanta, GA, USA
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period10/04/1015/04/10

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