“Like Popcorn”: crossmodal correspondences between scents, 3D shapes and emotions in children

Metatla, Oussama, Maggioni, Emanuela, Cullen, Clare and Obrist, Marianna (2019) “Like Popcorn”: crossmodal correspondences between scents, 3D shapes and emotions in children. CHI 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, 4 - 9 May 2019. Published in: CHI '19 Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450359702

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There is increasing interest in multisensory experiences in HCI. However, little research considers how sensory modali- ties interact with each other and how this may impact interac- tive experiences. We investigate how children associate emo- tions with scents and 3D shapes. 14 participants (10-17yrs) completed crossmodal association tasks to attribute emo- tional characteristics to variants of the “Bouba/Kiki” stimuli, presented as 3D tangible models, in conjunction with lemon and vanilla scents. Our findings support pre-existing map- pings between shapes and scents, and confirm the associa- tions between the combination of angular shapes (“Kiki”) and lemon scent with arousing emotion, and of round shapes (“Bouba”) and vanilla scent with calming emotion. This ex- tends prior work on crossmodal correspondences in terms of stimuli (3D as opposed to 2D shapes), sample (children), and conveyed content (emotions). We outline how these find- ings can contribute to designing more inclusive interactive multisensory technologies.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Multisensory Interaction, Crossmodal Perception, Smell, Touch, Emotions, 3D Printing, Bouba, Kiki
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
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Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 08:10
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 11:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/83109

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SenseX - Sensory Experiences for Interactive TechnologiesG1589EUROPEAN UNIONH2020-ERC-2014-STG-638605
Crossmodal Interactive Tools for Inclusive LearningUnsetEPSRCEP/N00616X/2